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In Harm's Way (1965)

Approved | | Drama, War | 6 April 1965 (USA)
A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.

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On patrol the morning of December 7th commanding a cruiser Captain Torrie receives word of the attack on Pearl Harbor. His orders are to find the Japanese force and attack it. The picture tells the story of three families during the outbreak of World War ll. Written by michaeloshey

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In harm's way they went. The men. The women. The lovers for a night. The lovers for keeps. The strong. The weak. They went, as they were...in Harm'sway. See more »

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Drama | War

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Erster Sieg  »

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(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm prints)

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Trivia

The climactic battle with the Japanese fleet was staged mostly with model ships. Kirk Douglas thought that the special effects were poor and complained to both the director and the studio about it. He offered to re-stage the scenes at his own expense using the special effects people who worked with him on Paths of Glory (1957). See more »

Goofs

When Torrey and Eddington are coming from the brig they look at a cruiser leaving "to join Halsey". What is shown is a poor model of a Baltimore class heavy cruiser (some secondary gun mounts and the foremast are missing). The Baltimore class did not enter service until 1943, so could not be leaving Pearl Harbor soon after the attack. See more »

Quotes

Captain Paul Eddington: Lieutenant, I don't know the situation between you and your father, but let me tell you this: Bums like your friend Owynn are with us always, like bad weather. But sailors like your old man only happen once in a while
Ensign Jere Torrey: I'm afraid I cannot accept your evaluation of Commander Owynn.
Captain Paul Eddington: Well , I'm afraid I cannot accept you as Rock Torrey's son. I think somebody got in there ahead of him.
Ensign Jere Torrey: Now wait a minute, Eddington!
Captain Paul Eddington: *Captain* Eddington. Yes?
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Featured in The Making of a Movie (1965) See more »

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Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
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Written by Charles Tobias, Lew Brown, and Sam H. Stept
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War done as melodrama
27 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Harm's Way (1965) - Director: Otto Preminger A more drama-driven war flick than most that focuses on how the war affected the personal lives of the men and women in and around Pearl Harbor before and after the infamous attack. John Wayne delivers one of his best performances as a Captain near the end of his career learning to communicate with a son (played by the ever young Brandon DeWildez) he's only recenlty reunited with, and handling a later-in -life romance with whiskey voiced Patricia Neal.

Kirk Douglas is around as a commander who just can't seem to get his personal life in order but who valiantly tries to redeem himself by heroically undertaking a no-win spy plane mission. Two old pros, Burgess Meredith and Dana Andrews fill out the major supporting roles while throw-away roles are notable for stars-of-tomorrows' Larry Hagman and Christopher George, to name a couple.

Quality melodrama with enough action to keep the guys interested and enough sexual tension to keep, well everybody interested. Oh and a personal favorite, unfortunately underused in the movie in the lovely heady shape of Paula Prentiss.


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