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Fear and Desire (1953)

 -  War | Drama  -  1 April 1953 (USA)
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Four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines must confront their fears and desires.

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Cast

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

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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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This was thought to be a lost film, and one researcher, Mark Carducci, had suggested that Kubrick destroyed the negative following the death of Joseph Burstyn, the film's distributor. Bootleg copies abound, however, and there is one (legal) print in all of the Americas. It is located in the Kodak archives in Rochester, New York; the Kubrick estate allows viewing of the film with the provisos that it is screened by individuals (not groups), that the print never leaves the building in which it is housed, and that it cannot be duplicated in whole or in part. See more »

Quotes

Private Sidney: It wasn't my fault! The magician did it. Honest! Prospero the Magician. First we're a bird, and then we're an island. Before I was a general, and now I'm a fish! Hoorah for the magician! (laughs insanely, then stops) The river... it's blood, Mac! Cold... cold... I'm going for a swim. Come on in, Mac! Listen to them... (starts to laugh) it's blood! (laughs insanely again, then runs off)
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Odd, interesting tale of madness.
13 December 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

An extra point for style. Kubrick style, without a budget, without experience; don't re-make a hit/classic if you can re-make something like this. The story is interesting but makes no more sense than the madness of war, which is what is depicted. Could be a bit shocking, dealing as it does with moral issues that are so basic many people would rather not admit that they exist. Attempting to depict such weirdness is part of Kubrick's (now) well known genius. Really interesting and sometimes downright good use of camera and sound. Always do your best, dear reader, for even you first movie could be your last.


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