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The Naked and the Dead (1958)

 |  Drama, War  |  28 October 1958 (Japan)
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In the Pacific during World War 2, the officers live a comfortable life with good food, good drink and good quarters. To them, war is a game which they know they will win and the common ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Sam Croft
Lt. Robert Hearn
Gen. Cummings
Willa Mae aka Lily
Mildred Croft
Robert Gist ...
Woodrow 'Woody' Wilson
Col. Dalleson (as Casey Adams)
John Beradino ...
Capt. Mantelli (as John Berardino)
Edward McNally ...


In the Pacific during World War 2, the officers live a comfortable life with good food, good drink and good quarters. To them, war is a game which they know they will win and the common soldiers are the pawns on the board. When the campaign slows down, the Commander sends a squad to the top of a mountain behind enemy lines to report on the Japanese troop movements. The squad is commanded by a tough cynical Sergeant who takes no prisoners and even takes the gold from the teeth of the enemy dead. Before the mission starts, the lieutenant, who has had a cushy job due to a life of wealth and privilege, criticizes the Commander over his attitude towards the common soldier and is re-assigned to lead the squad. The veteran Sergeant wants to complete this mission as ordered, and he will do everything he can do to see that it is successful. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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The bigness and the boldness of the Naked and the Dead.


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Release Date:

28 October 1958 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

A Morte Tem Seu Preço  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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2.35 : 1
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This film was originally to be released by RKO Radio Pictures, but by the time it was ready for release, that studio had closed down and the film was distributed by Warner Bros. It may be the only instance where the logos of both companies appear on the same film See more »


About 26 minutes into the film, as the sergeant is begging the lieutenant for more replacements, a mixed-race combat unit walks by in the background. The armed forces did not integrate until after WWII. See more »


Referenced in Family Matters: The Naked and the Nerdy (1995) See more »


Some Sunday Morning
Music by Ray Heindorf and M.K. Jerome
Played during Lt. Hearn's dream sequence
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A poor Hollywood remake of a classic novel.
1 September 1999 | by (Middletown, Connecticut) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on a local PBS station about the same time I was writing a Term Paper on the novel. I have already read the novel several times, but I still thought that the movie perspective might be helpful. Needless to say I was wrong. The movie turns a book about the futility of the individual's role in war into a boiler plate feel good war movie w/ a happy ending. One of the most important parts of the novel, where Hearn is betrayed despite his best efforts to be a "good" leader, is scrapped. Hearn not only survives, but the movie goes on the kill the ass hole, Sgt Croft. In the book we see a group of individuals who all want to singlehandedly make a difference and who all end up failing because modern war has grown beyond the control of the individual. In the movie we see a division of good guys and bad guys where where good guys win and the bad guys get what's coming. Finally I would like to point out that this movie is a waste of time or unpleasant to watch. If its going to be on TV by all means watch it, but if you've read the book brace yourself to be VERY disappointed.

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