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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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$4,200,000, 31 December 1965
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(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kirk Douglas wrote that John Wayne wanted him for the role of Commander (later Captain) Eddington. Douglas was surprised, as they did not know each other and did not socialize, and their political opinions were very different. Nonetheless, the collaboration was a success, and the two co-starred in The War Wagon (1967), and Wayne had a cameo, and Wayne's company, Batjac, was the first listed production company (Douglas' production company, Bryna, was listed second), in Douglas' ode to Israel, Cast a Giant Shadow (1966). See more »

Goofs

(01:53:20) When Ensign Annalee Dorne (Jill Haworth) and Captain Paul Eddington (Kirk Douglas) break away from the beach party she goes over a short rise in the beach, as he pursues her and calls out to her, "Hey Dorn!", you can see the shadow of a boom mic in the sand. See more »

Quotes

U.S. Army Air Corps Major, Liz Eddington's Lover: [searching the skies with a hand over his eyes; spots the first six planes] My God, they're Japs.
Liz Eddington: What?
U.S. Army Air Corps Major, Liz Eddington's Lover: They're Japs... MY GOD, THEY'RE JAPS!
[Exeunt, hastily, getting strafed all the way]
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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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an interesting cast tackle the Japanese
21 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Barbara Bouchet as Liz Eddington is the initial focus of this war movie, dancing wildly and parading herself before the officers while her husband Paul (Kirk Douglas) is away on duty. But 'In Harm's Way' isn't just her story, it is a number of personal stories interwoven with battle with the Japanese from Pearl Harbor onwards.

In the nominal lead is big John Wayne, drawling his way through the role of Rock Torrey as only he could. In war movies he was probably at his most effective as his whole bearing says 'I'm in charge'. He also has a personal life - a romance with croaky nurse Maggie (Patricia Neal, good as ever), and conflict with his sulky son Jere (Brandon de Wilde). Also in the cast are Stanley Holloway (as an Australian who leads the soldiers through dangerous terrain), Burgess Meredith (who has the memorable discussion about cowardice with Wayne), Dana Andrews, Franchot Tone, Henry Fonda, Bruce Cabot, Tom Tryon, George Kennedy, and James Mitchum.

This Otto Preminger film is as much about the lives of men at war as it is about battle sequences (although when they appear they are impressive). It also boasts an interesting sequence of shots over its end titles. Perhaps too long at two and a half hours plus, it nevertheless has a decent script, clever characterisations, and manages to keep the viewer awake.


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