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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
The islands identified by Torrey as Gavabutu, Levu Vana and Tokaroa are actually San Cristobal, Guadalcanal and Malaita. Pala Passage would become known as Ironbottom Sound because of the number of ships that would be sunk there in coming battles. Cape Titan probably refers to the Japanese base at Rabaul on New Britain, about 650 miles from Guadalcanal. The battle for Guadalcanal began on August 7, 1942, and would not end until February, 1943. Although they say that the majority of forces are with MacArthur in the Solomons, Guadalcanal is in the eastern Solomons. The dividing line between MacArthur's area of responsibility and Nimitz's was the 159 degrees east. See more »
There are several aircraft types referred to in the film:R4D, PBY, F4F, PBJ. Those are all naval designations, although two of them have Army (and/or Air Corps) equivalents, namely and R4D is also a C-47, and a PBJ is also a B-25. When Torrey is at the observer's post talking to Mrs. McConnell, he identifies an aircraft as an AT-6, which is the Air Corps designation for a trainer (the principal trainer in WWII) known in the Navy as an SNJ. However, the Army had more air bases on Oahu than the Navy at the time, and Torrey would have known the difference between the Army's AT-6 and a Navy SNJ. If the plane belonged to the Army, he would have correctly identified it as an AT-6. See more »
No, I didn't go to see Pearl Harbor this weekend. I stayed at home and watch my new DVD of In Harm's Way. The DVD cover is quite misleading. It sports a color photo of Wayne and Douglas, but the film is black and white. Their smiles would indicate a comedy.
Like From Here to Eternity, the human drama is set against the Pearl Harbor attack. Unlike, From Here to Eternity, the attack starts the film. And what a drama it is! Romance, infedelity, poor father/son relationship, honor, courage, rape, suicide. Never maudlin or schmaltzy, the performances are excellent, but low key. Back in 1965, taking the time to develop character was the norm, so to most young people, this movie would seem slow. Pity.
The battles scene are very good and the cinematography was Oscar nominated. There are some really breathtaking black and white high angel long shots of Hawaii with leaning palm trees and dark skies filled with billowing clouds.
And the cast! Your face will light up with every new character that appears. George Kennedy, Stanley Holloway, Hugh O' Brien, Dana Andrews, Bruce Cabot.
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