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Howard Sackler (written by)
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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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(96 articles)
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Not a complete artistic failure, but disappointing in one way I didn't expect See more (35 total) »

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 
 
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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 
 
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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
 
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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 »
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Sergeant Mac:It's better to roll up your life into one night and one man and one gun.See more »
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Not a complete artistic failure, but disappointing in one way I didn't expect, 25 July 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Stanley Kubrick, a director who I hold in the highest of esteems for his masterpieces (Clockwork Orange, 2001, The Killing, the Shining, Dr. Strangelove, etc) took the film out of circulation, leaving it to be found by only the hardcore fans and completists. After seeing the film for myself, I could see why. At the age of 24, Kubrick had already honed his craft of still photography for LOOK magazine, and had done a few short documentaries. Like many first-time filmmakers that came in the decades after him, his ambition for Fear and Desire was, in short, to just go and make a film, cheaply, more than likely to see if he could do it. On that level, he was successful. However, the film itself definitely is not.

I can't really say that the film is a failure because there was something I did like about it throughout. Even as the film's story went on the wayside, and the actors (whom Kubrick didn't have any idea how to direct, not being a man of the theater), his knack for producing and capturing some great images gets its seeds in this film. At times, there are some shots of close-ups and quick-shots in suspense/action scenes that are eye-catching. Unfortunately, this is all the good I can really say of the film. Although there are a couple of 'name' actors in the film (Frank Slivera, who also appeared in Killer's Kiss, and Paul Mazursky, a director in his own right), the performances overall are dull and very routine.

In fact, that is the film's main demise for me; whenever I watch any Kubrick film, even his early film noirs Killer's Kiss and the Killing, I can tell who made it, as his style by then became distinct, which would continue as he evolved as an artist. It wasn't 'artsy' like I might have pictured (which is usually the case with first-time directors like Scorsese and Spielberg), but watching this film not only did it feel like it wasn't Kubrick, it felt like a lot of the time I was watching some B (or even C) grade movie by a director that time forgot- not quite 'Ed Wood' bad, but close. The music is as standard as can be, the fades are pedestrian, and the plot seems to not really hold that much attention.

In short, as others have said and which I can agree, this is a "doodle pad" of a future ground-breaker, who shows some shots and a few edits that grab some attention (the best scene overall being when the soldiers take the dumb girl hostage), but not enough to really recommend except to those, like myself, who end up seeing everything by Kubrick (or, perhaps, have to see every ultra-low budget war film ever made), if only out of curiosity.

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