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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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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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The original camera negative was discovered in the late 1980s in the holdings of a now-defunct film storage facility in Puerto Rico, and was acquired by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in 1993. (How the negative got to Puerto Rico in the first place remains a mystery.) The OCN is being kept at the Library's National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Virginia.See more »
Quotes:
Lieutenant Corby:You know, there's nothing so refreshing as an afternoon outdoors in enemy territory. It's really too bad that the sun doesn't burn us green instead of brown - camouflage.See more »
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Referenced in True Romance (1993)See more »

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Kubrick's Flawed First Film, 31 March 2008
Author: Devon from Colorado

I've been dying to see this film for some time now - ever since I first fell in love with Kubrick's movies - but I was also a little hesitant, due to repeated reports that this film was seriously, even fatally flawed. Now that I've finally seen it, I can confirm it: it is quite flawed.

The dialogue, including its attempts at humor, is consistently corny. The music is like a bad imitation of Bernard Herrmann score. The acting is often sub-par. The budget is obviously very low. The editing is often awkward. And so on.

Yet, despite all of this, I found myself getting absorbed in it, and, by the end, I caught myself nodding in overall approval. Despite the films warts and moles, Kubrick manages to create a decent little film. Elements of his later, oft-famed style can be found throughout, especially in the cinematography. Taken for what it is, I think it's an enjoyable movie.

As for the films many flaws, just keep in mind that even the tallest man was born small. I'd recommend this film to any serious Kubrick fan. Watching it, one knows that big things lay ahead.

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