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Go for Broke! (1951)

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 ...
Col. Charles W. Pence
Sgt. Wilson I. Culley
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:

14 September 1951 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Tout ou rien  »

Box Office


$1,337,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Well Done
12 February 2004 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

I have known about this film since I was young, but it was not until a "dull drab army day" overseas did I actually get to view it. I was impressed with the film. It was nice to see a film from the 1950's talk about ethnic/race relations in a positive way. I thought the message that World War Two was a war for all Americans was good. The film showed that it didn't matter what ethnicity, race, or creed you are, freedom is for all, that all discrimination is barbarism and immoral. It was really encouraging to see the Lieutenant's change of heart and mind by the end of the film. I also, thought it was good that the film was not preachy. Some of the light humor was also well done. Overall I would recommend this film to anybody. This film is based on true events and true people. I would like to thank all those men and women who served our nation in that war. All gave some, and some gave all. This film was a tribute to one group of soldiers that many have not heard of.

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