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Never So Few (1959)

Approved  |   |  Drama, War  |  7 December 1959 (USA)
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Captain Tom Reynolds and his band of skilled O.S.S. operatives are in WWII Burma to train the Kachin natives in modern warfare. But jungle combat, particularly against a Japanese army as ... See full summary »

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Capt. Tom Reynolds
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Carla Vesari
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Capt. Grey Travis
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Bill Ringa
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Capt. Danny De Mortimer
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Nikko Regas
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Gen. Sloan
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Sgt. Jim Norby
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Sgt. John Danforth
Philip Ahn ...
Nautaung
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Col. Fred Parkson
Kipp Hamilton ...
Margaret Fitch
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Col. Reed
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Capt. Alofson - Psychiatrist
Richard Lupino ...
Mike Island
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Captain Tom Reynolds and his band of skilled O.S.S. operatives are in WWII Burma to train the Kachin natives in modern warfare. But jungle combat, particularly against a Japanese army as familiar with the terrain as the Kachin, is more grueling than Reynolds had reckoned. Some respite is found in the arms of beautiful Carla, but after Chinese rebels cross the border to loot and murder American soldiers, Reynolds abandons all notions of "military protocol" and seeks requital. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Kiss by kiss the time ran out and never so few were the moments left for love!

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7 December 1959 (USA)  »

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Campaign Burma  »

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Trivia

Steve McQueen's role was originally going to be played by Sammy Davis Jr.. A feud had broken out between Davis and Frank Sinatra after Davis had claimed in a radio interview that he was a greater singer than Sinatra. Sinatra demanded he be dropped from the cast, and McQueen got the part. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene, when the plane is flying over the Burmese countryside, the small rocky plateau shown in one shot is actually located in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Sloan: [Capt. Reynolds thinks he's tricked the General] I've got a couple of tricksters, real star-spangled hell-for-leather tricksters, right outside that door.
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Director Sturges underrated, so is this film
31 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I bought the DVD the other day and found it associated with Warner Brothers. While I watched I wondered how I would describe this film when I came here and thought, "A Warner's movie with all the slick and polish of an MGM film of the 50s/60s". In that rare and confusing arrangement with Turner Entertainment, it was an MGM film distributed by Warner's! Somehow I'd missed the lion at the beginning.

This film may not rate up there with the likes of Twelve O'Clock High or They Were Expendable, but neither it or its director John Sturges should be as underrated as they are. Since seeing it for the first time in the mid 60s, I've come back to it like an old friend, year after year since then, and there has always been something about it I liked.

While I can't help but feel that this movie is more about Sinatra than his character Tom Reynolds, I find it easy to put that aside when I watch the likes of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and Dean Jones, stars on their way up, working alongside the pros like Peter Lawford, Richard Johnson, Paul Henried, Philip Ahn, and Brian Donleavy. Hollywood sets blend well with all sorts of location shooting, and the story seems evenly broken up between the horrors/adventures of war and the romance with Lollobrigida. And when Sinatra's character has to break the rules, face insurmountable odds, and endanger his career in seeking justice for fallen friends, his personal smart ass attitude seems to fit the role. He even finds an ally in Brian Donleavy's General Sloan, who runs away with the film near the very end.

Everybody in this film seems to live up to the slick and polish of 50s/60s MGM, even Hugo Friehofer's melodic and haunting score, and if there are a few times Sinatra is more Sinatra than Tom Reynolds, the rest of the stellar cast makes up for it. Its not a great war drama, but it is great war entertainment with a conscience!


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