Fear and Desire (1953)

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Four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines must confront their fears and desires.



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Cast overview:
Sgt. Mac
Kenneth Harp ...
Lt. Corby / The General
Pvt. Sidney
Stephen Coit ...
Pvt. Fletcher / The Captain (as Steve Coit)
Virginia Leith ...
The Girl
David Allen ...
Narrator (voice)


A ficticious war in an unidentified country provides the setting for this drama. Four soldiers survive the crash-landing of their plane to find themselves in a forest six miles behind enemy lines. The group, led by Lt. Corby, has a plan: They'll make their way to a nearby river, build a raft, and then, under cover of night, float back to friendly territory. Their plans for getting back safely are sidetracked by a young woman who stumbles across them as they hide in the woods, and by the nearby presence of an enemy general who one member of the group is determined to kill. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Trapped... 4 Desperate Men and a Strange Half-Animal Girl!


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1 April 1953 (USA)  »

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Shape of Fear  »

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$33,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Kubrick reportedly tried several times to destroy the negative but failed because he had lost he rights to the film. See more »


Enemy General: Sometimes, as I look at these maps, I wonder if my own grave isn't being planned. Here... or here... or here.
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Kubrick's "lost" feature
2 August 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Fear and Desire is of interest mainly to Kubrick obsessives, who can plumb this pretentious clap trap for signs of his still-to-come greatness. Kubrick was right in seeking to ensure that the film was not screened or available on legitimate video. He considered it embarrassing and amateurish, and he was correct in his evaluation. This is a weak and tedious film--at 68 minutes it still seems longer than "Barry Lyndon"!--it nevertheless is of historical interest, and has its genuine absorbing moments. It's a difficult film to find (only "unofficial" copies are in circulation), though perhaps this may change if Kubrick's estate relents and has it released on video. Recommended only for Kubrick enthusiasts.

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