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Beachhead (1954)

 -  War | Drama  -  5 February 1954 (USA)
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On a Japanese-occupied island during World War II, only two soldiers remain alive after a mission attempt goes horribly wrong. Trapped on the island, they must escort a scientist and his ... See full summary »

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Frank Lovejoy ...
Sgt. Fletcher
Mary Murphy ...
Nina Bouchard
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Bouchard, French Planter
Skip Homeier ...
Reynolds
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Maj. Scott
Alan Wells ...
Biggerman
Akira Fukunaga ...
Terrified Japanese Sailor (as Sunshine Akira Fukunaga)
Dan Aoki ...
Japanese Sniper
Steamboat Mokuahi ...
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On a Japanese-occupied island during World War II, only two soldiers remain alive after a mission attempt goes horribly wrong. Trapped on the island, they must escort a scientist and his daughter to the other side of the island where their ship awaits. They must battle nature, hard terrain, and advancing Japanese troops. Written by Jeremy Kirk <kirkman316@yahoo.com>

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5 February 1954 (USA)  »

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Brückenkopf X  »

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The rendezvous point was filmed at Hanalei Pier located on Hanalei Bay on the northern shore of the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii. See more »

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Referenced in Suddenly (1954) See more »

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Watchable....but nothing more.
21 October 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Beachhead" is an okay war film but it certainly could have been a lot better. It's a shame, as with a few changes, it would have been a dandy film.

The film begins with a small group of men (including Frank Lovejoy and a young Tony Curtis) in the Pacific are sent on a reconnaissance mission just before a huge invasion during WWII. They need to find a Frenchman and determine if the information he's relayed to the military about the Japanese is accurate or not. Not surprisingly for a clichéd film, when they finally find him he turns out to have a hot daughter--one who really bogs down the film and does nothing to advance the film. Again and again, the guys seem to forget that their goal is to get the information and get back as soon as possible--as they REALLY want to score with this cute young lady! In the end, I assume they didn't have enough money to complete the spectacular battle sequence--so they superimposed a lot of fake explosions over the enemy soldiers and a ship that seemed to have nothing to do with this battle scene! While it's not a terrible film (there are a few taut moments), there are just too many plot problems and silly dialog to make it a film you need to see. Also, it did seem very strange that the Frenchman's hot daughter had no French accent whatsoever. Odd, to say the least.


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