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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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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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The amazing untold story - The heroes of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team! See more »

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14 September 1951 (Australia)  »

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$1,337,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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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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During the fire fight in the ancient ruins a 61 mm mortar is set up behind a high stone wall. Had there been real rounds they would of hit the wall above the soldier's heads because the angle of the mortar was not great enough to allow the rounds to clear the wall. See more »

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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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Go For Broke, means Shoot the Works
10 July 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Van Johnson who was MGM's all American GI in many a World War II film, co-stars with a bunch of veterans from 442 Division which was a regiment made up of Japanese-Americans who chose this over internment in the various camps set up for them. The most distinguished member of this regiment is current United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye who lost an arm in Italy during that campaign.

After training the 442nd was assigned to Italy after the Salerno landings, took part in the campaign for Rome, and then was part of the invasion force into Southern France that occurred in August of 1944.

Johnson delivers a fine performance of an officer who is reluctant to soldier and train with this new outfit. His prejudices, honed to a fine edge by Pearl Harbor, weren't exactly atypical of a lot of Americans back then. Over time, he grows to appreciate his troops as men and as fighters.

Having all of those Nisei veterans lends a real ring of authenticity to this film. A few non-veterans were in this as well. Henry Nakamura played Tommy who adopted a pet pig in Italy and bought him to France and he was the comic relief. He made quite a hit and then was in the Robert Taylor western, Westward the Women. I guess he had limited typecasting potential because he disappeared after that.

This is a story of World War II that bears constant retelling and MGM made a fine film to do it with.


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