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The Naked and the Dead (1958)

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

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Sgt. Sam Croft
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Lt. Robert Hearn
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Gen. Cummings
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Willa Mae aka Lily
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Mildred Croft
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Brown
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Gallagher
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Rhidges
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Roth
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Goldstein
Robert Gist ...
Red
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Woodrow 'Woody' Wilson
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Col. Dalleson (as Casey Adams)
John Beradino ...
Capt. Mantelli (as John Berardino)
Edward McNally ...
Cohn
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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 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 <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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

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Drama | War

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28 October 1958 (Japan)  »

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A Morte Tem Seu Preço  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Marlon Brando was considered to star. See more »

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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Could Be with You
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Music by James P. Johnson
Played during Lt. Hearn's dream sequence
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It's nakedly dead...
1 February 2004 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

From Norman Mailer's celebrated book about kill-happy Army sergeant in the Pacific, 1943. In the lead, handsome Aldo Ray gets a chance to show his swagger portraying a man doing battle with the enemy as well as with himself and his own men; otherwise, this glum effort is War-is-Hell routine. Bernard Herrmann's score sounds suspiciously like the one he turned in for "Taxi Driver" in 1976. Hmmm....


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