The story of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in Europe during World War II.

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Lane Nakano ...
Sam
George Miki ...
Akira Fukunaga ...
Frank
Ken K. Okamoto ...
Kaz
Henry Oyasato ...
Ohhara
Harry Hamada ...
Masami
Henry Nakamura ...
Tommy
Warner Anderson ...
Col. Charles W. Pence
Don Haggerty ...
Sgt. Wilson I. Culley
Gianna Maria Canale ...
Rosina (as Gianna Canale)
Dan Riss ...
Capt. Solari
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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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Go For Broke! (means shoot the works!) See more »

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22 September 1951 (Sweden)  »

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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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Trivia

Towards the end of the film, reference is made to a Piper Cub aircraft being used for spotting/reconnaissance. The original Piper Cub was manufactured from 1938-1947. In military configuration, from 1943-1946, it was officially known as the L-4 "Grasshopper" (since it was painted Army Olive drab), but most soldiers still called them "Cubs." There were actually over 5,400 produced for the US military during that time. See more »

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In Italy, Lt Grayson's troops are fired on by two German soldiers positioned behind a broken wall on a high bluff. But rather than crouching behind the wall for maximum cover, they are standing. This makes them easy targets for Grayson's soldiers. Real snipers would have kept as low as possible behind the wall for maximum protection. See more »

Quotes

[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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