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
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The bigness and the boldness of the Naked and the Dead.
Did You Know?
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 Una questione d'onore
It Had to Be You
Music by Isham Jones
Played during Lt. Hearn's dream sequence See more