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1 April 1953 (USA) See more »
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Four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines must confront their fears and desires. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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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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 »
[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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Kubrick's Genesis, 8 March 1999
Author: George R. Willeman from Culpeper, VA

This film, Stanley Kubrick's first feature, has been maligned by its creator and hidden away for many, many years, which is a shame, for in spite of its shortcomings, it is most definitely a Kubrick film. Many of the themes that populate his later work can be found here, as well some of his photographic specialities. Possibly, with his recent passing, the archives that have had to stifle showings of this film, often by request of Mr. K, might now be able to show his many admirers that he knew where he was going right from the start.

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