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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 »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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(96 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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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Trivia:
Stanley Kubrick disowned the film soon after it's release and wanted to make sure it was never seen again by not re-releasing the print. What he didn't know was that Kodak when making the print had a policy of making an extra print for their archives. It is this one that survives and where the DVD-R and VHS bootleg prints come from.See more »
Quotes:
[Private Sidney impulsively hugs the Young Girl, who's tied to a tree]
Private Sidney:If you have to hate me, please try to like me also.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Room 237 (2012/I)See more »

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26 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
The Bad, the Terrible, and the Hilarious., 16 December 2000
Author: kubrick114 (kubrick114@hotmail.com) from Rochester, NY

Quite a few people claim to have seen this film, but anybody who tell you that it is not as bad as Kubrick would lead you to believe is flat-out lying about having seen the film. Kubrick is the greatest artist of the last couple centuries, but this film is BAD. Not Kubrick bad, but Ed Wood bad. There are lines like, "I felt fear. Fear I hadn't felt since I kissed my dying grandmother." And the whole thing looks like it was made in somebody's backyard.

There is one thing funnier than this film: the trailer! It was shown with the film at the George Eastman House, and trust me, if you ever get the chance to see it, the trailer alone is one of the most hilarious pieces of film you will ever see. It's a gem!

"Fear & Desire" should be seen, if only to show how an awful, pretentious young filmmaker can flourish to such heights as "Dr. Strangelove," "2001," and "Barry Lyndon." Interestingly enough, the Eastman House print (one of the two still in existence, I believe) was short the film's official running time by a couple of minutes, and there are a few unlikely jump-cuts in the film, which leads one to believe that Kubrick himself cut this film a bit, as he did with "The Shining." However, the other remaining print is the original camera negative, which is stored somewhere out of the country. I would kill to get my hands on that print.

If you get a chance to see this film, do so, and see Kubrick's genesis, and how far he came.

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