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Howard Sackler (written by)
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Release Date:
1 April 1953 (USA) See more »
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Trapped... 4 Desperate Men and a Strange Half-Animal Girl!
Plot:
Four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines must confront their fears and desires. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Frank Silvera ... Sgt. Mac
Kenneth Harp ... Lt. Corby / The General

Paul Mazursky ... Pvt. Sidney
Stephen Coit ... Pvt. Fletcher / The Captain (as Steve Coit)
Virginia Leith ... The Girl
David Allen ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Stanley Kubrick 
 
Writing credits
Howard Sackler (written by)

Produced by
Stanley Kubrick .... producer
Martin Perveler .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
 
Cinematography by
Stanley Kubrick (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Stanley Kubrick 
 
Art Direction by
Herbert Lebowitz 
 
Makeup Department
Chet Fabian .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Steve Hahn .... unit manager
Bob Dierks .... production director (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Dierks .... assistant director (as Robert Dierks)
 
Sound Department
Stanley Kubrick .... sound (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Gerald Fried .... conductor
 
Other crew
Joseph Burstyn .... distributor
Barney Ettengoff .... title designer
Toba Kubrick .... dialogue director
Alexander Pietrzak .... copyright administrator
Steve Hahn .... direction assistant (uncredited)
 

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62 min
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Stanley Kubrick 's father borrowed from his cash accumulation insurance policy (whole life contract) to fund the film. His uncle, a pharmacist, also put up money to finance the film.See more »
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Lieutenant Corby:We spend our lives running our fingers down the lists in directories, looking for our real names, our permanent addresses. No man is an island?
[chuckles softly]
Lieutenant Corby:Perhaps that was true a long time ago, before the Ice Age. The glaciers have melted away, and now we're all islands - parts of a world made of islands only...
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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Kubrick's "lost" feature, 2 August 1999
Author: troilus from Canada

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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