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No Man Is an Island (1962)

During the early Pacific war years, American seaman George Tweed is the only U.S. serviceman on Guam not captured by the Japanese forces.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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George R. Tweed
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Barbara Perez ...
'Joe' Cruz
Ronald Remy ...
Chico Torres
Paul Edwards Jr. ...
Al Turney
Rolf Bayer ...
Chief Schultz
Vicente Liwanag ...
Vicente
Fred Harris II ...
Roy Lund
Lamberto V. Avellana ...
Mr. Shimoda
Chichay ...
Mrs. Nakamura
Antonio De la Mogueis ...
Florecito
Vic Silayan ...
Major Hondo
Bert Lafortesa ...
Comdr. Oto Harada (as Bert La Fortesa)
Eddie Infante ...
Sus Quintagua
Nardo Ramos ...
Tumon
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The true story of George Tweed, an American sailor who became the only serviceman on the island of Guam to avoid capture by the Japanese during the early years of World War II. Written by Anonymous

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20 September 1962 (USA)  »

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L'aigle de Guam  »

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Trivia

According to a newspaper article (Le Petit Journal, Montreal) from August 25, 1946, Tweed had promised the native rancher, Antonio Artero, a new car if he evaded capture and returned to the United States. Tweed, with the help of General Motors, sent a car to Antonio Artero from San Francisco. See more »

Goofs

The film has the invasion of Guam happening the same day as the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In fact, it occurred three days later, on December 10, 1941. See more »

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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 22 October 1962 (1962) See more »

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Connectivity To An Island
14 June 2014 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

George Tweed (Jeffrey Hunter) is an American Navy man scheduled to leave the Pacific island of Guam and return to the U.S on December 7, 1941. But that's the day that Japanese planes bomb Pear Harbor. And Guam is now under surprise attack as well. Tweed and four of his Navy buddies have a choice. They can surrender to the enemy on Guam, or they can make a run for it. They decide to run. Not all of them survive.

The title "No Man Is An Island" refers to a poem by English poet John Donne. The idea is that each person is connected to his or her surroundings. In the case of Tweed and his buddies, this connectivity comes in the form of substantial help they receive from Guam natives, sympathetic to Americans. And not all helpers are adults; some are children. This assistance, which comes with great sacrifice, is basically the theme of the film.

Except for the Japanese enemy, most of the characters are likable, including Tweed. And his story on Guam is one of drama and adventure, as he draws on his own inner resourcefulness and courage to survive, to augment the help from others. I also like the Mrs. Nakamura character (Chichay), a native Asian woman, small in stature, but with a big heart. She is shrewd and spunky, as she endures the idiocy of those around her.

Cinematography is acceptable for the era in which the film was made, but suffers in comparison to modern films. The use of day for night camera filters is obvious. And stock war footage, especially near the beginning and at the end, convey a cheap look and feel. Background music is annoying as it is so nondescript. Casting and acting are acceptable.

The film is based on a true story. Whether all the plot points are historically accurate or some script liberties have been taken, I don't know. What I do know is that if it had not been for this film, I would have no idea that George Tweed ever existed. I'm glad that the film is available for viewing. "No Man Is An Island" is a fine WWII film that deserves to be seen by anyone interested in that historical era.


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