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None But the Brave (1965)

Approved | | Drama, War | 24 February 1965 (USA)
During WW2, a platoon of Marines crash-lands on a tiny Pacific island occupied by a small Japanese unit.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Kuroki
Takeshi Katô ...
Sgt. Tamura (as Takeshi Kato)
Homare Suguro ...
Lance Cpl. Hirano
Kenji Sahara ...
Cpl. Fujimoto
Masahiko Tanimura ...
Lead Pvt. Ando
Tôru Ibuki ...
Pvt. Arikawa (as Toru Ibuki)
Ryûchô Shumpûtei ...
Pvt. Okuda (as Ryucho Shunputei)
Hisao Dazai ...
Pvt. Tokumaru
Susumu Kurobe ...
Pvt. Goro
Takashi Inagaki ...
Pvt. Ishi
Kenichi Hata ...
Pvt. Sato
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Chief Pharmacist Mate
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Capt. Dennis Bourke
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2nd Lt. Blair
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Sgt. Bleeker
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American and Japanese soldiers, stranded on a tiny Pacific island during World War II, must make a temporary truce and cooperate to survive various tribulations. Told through the eyes of the American and Japanese unit commanders, who must deal with an atmosphere of growing distrust and tension between their men. Written by Martin Booda <booda@us1.msrcnavo.navy.mil>

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The brave are never different - only different looking!

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Los valientes mueren de pie  »

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Trivia

The first Japanese-American co-production, produced by Kikumaru Okuda for Toho Studios and by Frank Sinatra for Warner Brothers. See more »

Goofs

One African American belongs to the USMC platoon. At this time, US military was not an integrated military and Blacks were segregated. This Black soldier couldn't have been a member of this platoon. See more »

Crazy Credits

The line NOBODY EVER WINS appears in place of "The End" just before the end credits start, which is appropriate given the film's anti-war message. See more »

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He did it his way
14 May 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Old blue eyes directs and co-stars in this pacific WW2 film with an emphasised anti-war message, where a unit of American soldiers are stranded along with a small contingent of Japanese soldiers on a small island, reluctantly agreeing to co-operate under a temporary truce to overcome challenges they collectively face. Big Clint Walker is the leader, with the tough exterior and soft centre of an egg, who despite a willingness to adapt to the unique circumstances, never loses sight of the overall picture, unlike Sinatra, who is flagrantly defiant in his pacifism.

Three reasons to invest the hour and forty in this film are it's battle scenes, bloody and generally well staged, an unexpected shark attack, and of course, if worship Sinatra, then you get two for the price of one as he co-stars and directs. The scenery is reminiscent of other films of the ilk and era, most notably "PT109", although there's more hand to hand combat present in this picture.

Unfortunately the key aspect of the picture that didn't work for me was the jingoist attempt at pathos, and its predictable conclusion. The sentiment was over-the-top at times, in point of fact, the film's closing line "nobody ever wins" seemed a laboured self-indulgent political commentary that didn't need to be so obvious. Better than John Wayne's "The Green Berets" which espoused similar anti-war themes, but not what I'd consider to be among the better movies depicting war in the pacific (e.g. "Beach Red").


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