Go for Broke! (1951)

Passed  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  22 September 1951 (Sweden)
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The story of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in Europe during World War II.



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Complete credited cast:
Lane Nakano ...
George Miki ...
Akira Fukunaga ...
Ken K. Okamoto ...
Henry Oyasato ...
Harry Hamada ...
Henry Nakamura ...
Warner Anderson ...
Col. Charles W. Pence
Don Haggerty ...
Sgt. Wilson I. Culley
Gianna Maria Canale ...
Rosina (as Gianna Canale)
Dan Riss ...
Capt. Solari


A tribute to the U.S. 442nd Regimental Combat Team, formed in 1943 by Presidential permission with Japanese-American volunteers. We follow the training of a platoon under the rueful command of Lt. Mike Grayson who shares common prejudices of the time. The 442nd serve in Italy, then France, distinguishing themselves in skirmishes and battles; gradually and naturally, Grayson's prejudices evaporate with dawning realization that his men are better soldiers than he is. Not preachy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

22 September 1951 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Tout ou rien  »

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$1,337,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Even though the 442nd Regimental Combat Team is the most decorated unit in US Army history, there is only one brief--VERY brief--scene of President Harry S. Truman pinning a medal on a soldier's chest, with no ceremony or dialogue. There is also an earlier reference, almost a throwaway line, by Lt. Grayson (Van Johnson) about awarding a soldier a medal. See more »


Railroad freight cars in French village are American style four axle types. European railroads use two axle freight cars. See more »


[first lines]
Japanese-American Soldier: Kanakas. The ones from Hawaii. You know what they call us mainlanders? Kotonks. The way they tell it if you rap on our heads it's like hitting a coconut. Hollow heads, you know? Kotonk, kotonk, kotonk.
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Forgotten History
17 May 2000 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Although somewhat conventional in comparison to most of the great WWII film dramas, Go For Broke remains important as the only Hollywood acknowledgement of the 442nd, and the bravery of the Japanese-Americans who fought with it.

One of my grandfather's brothers was in the 442nd himself, and can still recall tales of basic training and serving in Italy.

I am bothered, however, by the fact that the cover on the video box does not show a single Japanese-American face, and the description does not really explain the historical significance of the events portrayed.

Hey Ted Turner, get your guys together and rectify this problem!

Dwight Sora

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