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Director:
Writers:
Millard Kaufman (screenplay)
Tom T. Chamales (novel)
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Release Date:
7 December 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Kiss by kiss the time ran out and never so few were the moments left for love!
Plot:
Captain Tom Reynolds and his band of skilled O.S.S. operatives are in WWII Burma to train the Kachin natives in modern warfare... See more » | Add synopsis »
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" You are a recipient of the Medal of Honor, General, I expected something more " See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frank Sinatra ... Capt. Tom Reynolds

Gina Lollobrigida ... Carla Vesari

Peter Lawford ... Capt. Grey Travis

Steve McQueen ... Bill Ringa

Richard Johnson ... Capt. Danny De Mortimer

Paul Henreid ... Nikko Regas

Brian Donlevy ... Gen. Sloan

Dean Jones ... Sgt. Jim Norby

Charles Bronson ... Sgt. John Danforth
Philip Ahn ... Nautaung

Robert Bray ... Col. Fred Parkson
Kipp Hamilton ... Margaret Fitch

John Hoyt ... Col. Reed

Whit Bissell ... Capt. Alofson - Psychiatrist
Richard Lupino ... Mike Island

Aki Aleong ... Billingsly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Amargo ... Scout (uncredited)
Rayford Barnes ... Soldier in Helicopter (uncredited)
Charles Bateman ... Pilot (uncredited)
Chatu Singh Bedi ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
John Bryant ... General Sloan's Aide (uncredited)
Eugene Chan ... Scout (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Merchant (uncredited)
W.T. Chang ... Elderly Chinese (uncredited)
Kei Thin Chung ... Boat Driver (uncredited)
Isabel Cooley ... Shan Girl (uncredited)
Jim Cronin ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Noel De Souza ... Secretary (uncredited)
Ross Elliott ... Colonel Dr. Barry (uncredited)
Paul Fierro ... Hindu Noble (uncredited)
Harold Fong ... Chinese Peasant (uncredited)
Martin Fong ... Scout (uncredited)
Bhupesh Guha ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

James Hong ... General Chao (uncredited)
Dale Ishimoto ... Scout (uncredited)
Morgan Jones ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Clifford Kawada ... Japanese Officer (uncredited)
George Khoury ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Robert Kino ... La-Bung La (uncredited)
Joe La Bate ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Guy Lee ... Bye Ya (uncredited)
Jay Lee ... Chinese War Lord (uncredited)
Allan Liu ... Scout (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... Laurel (uncredited)
Clarence Lung ... Scout (uncredited)

Mako ... Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
Paul Maxwell ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Peter Miller ... Cargo Man (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Scout (uncredited)
Bong Nam ... Kachin Scout (uncredited)
Leo Needham ... Pilot (uncredited)
Maggie Pierce ... Nurse (uncredited)
James Shen ... Chinese Soldier (uncredited)
Reginald Lal Singh ... Major Domo (uncredited)

William Smith ... MP Officer #1 (uncredited)
Roy Taguchi ... Japanese Officer (uncredited)

George Takei ... Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
Irene Tedrow ... Head Nurse (uncredited)
Marie Tsien ... Eurasian Girl (uncredited)
Lawrence Ung ... Chinese Lieutenant (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
 
Writing credits
Millard Kaufman (screenplay)

Tom T. Chamales (novel)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Art Direction by
Addison Hehr 
Hans Peters 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (set decorations)
Richard Pefferle (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert E. Relyea .... assistant director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Robert R. Hoag .... special effects
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Cliff Shirpser .... effects camera operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... gowns: Gina Lollobrigida
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Charles Wolcott .... conductor
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Pete Jolly .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Campaign Burma" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
125 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1960) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1987) | USA:Approved (PCA #19299) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This movie is based on the real-life story of World War II's OSS Detachment 101. This was an OSS Operations Group designed to specialize in activities in the China-Burma-India region in collaboration with the Kachin Rangers and other Allied special operations units.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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:
Capt. Tom Reynolds:[Upon seeing a Sadhu - a Hindu ascetic holy man - while they are visiting a shrine] Danny lived like that once.
Capt. Danny De Mortimer:For a while, but I couldn't stand it. So I came back to the world of men and their commodities. I couldn't stand that, either.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Steve McQueen: The King of Cool (1998) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Burmese FanfareSee more »

FAQ

Steve McQueen---Does He "Steal" the Picture?
Steve McQueen---When Was He Signed for "Never"?
New York Times Critic Crowther Wrote What About "Never"?
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
" You are a recipient of the Medal of Honor, General, I expected something more ", 12 January 2009
Author: thinker1691 from USA

This is a most unheralded Hollywood vehicle and yet it contain enough heavy weight stars to garner an entire shelf at the Academy Awards. The movie deals with that portion of World War II in and around what was then called Burma. (Today the world calls it Myanmar) Nevertheless, the small native Kachin tribe have been called upon to engage the Japanese army. Along with American forces they are a small, but formidable contingent who despite their numbers, become the banner of the film. "Never So Few" is the story of the Kachin and the American commander Capt. Tom Reynolds (Frank Sinatra) and his able assistant Capt. Danny Mortimer. Combating the superb Japanese forces and their attempts to conquer Indochina, creates many losses among the allies and prompts a need for a medical officer. Capt Grey Travis (Peter Lawford) joins their group as does a spirited Hell's Kitchen warrior, named William Ringer (Steve McQueen). Betrayed by the Chineese Government after they massacre American forces, Reynolds defies his own government, kills captured prisoners and invited a court-martial. During this same period he falls for beautiful Gina Lollobrigida who plays Carla Vesari a protégé of Nikko Regas (Paul Henreid) a rich entrepreneur. Brian Donlevy as Gen. Sloan orders Reynolds to come to headquarters to explain his defiance of orders. Dean Jones is Sgt. Jim Norby and Charles Bronson as Sgt. John Danforth along with Philip Ahn (Kung Fu) as Nautaung are superior in this movie. Each adds excellence to their respective characters, creating the cornerstone of a true Classic. Well done! ****

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Good war movie, lousy love story Picasner
Watch 'Objective Burma! (1945)' instead! kelkyl
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