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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

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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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24 February 1965 (USA)  »

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Los valientes mueren de pie  »

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(RCA Sound Recording) (uncredited)

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Trivia

The title is from John Dryden's poem, "Alexander's Feast", stanza 1: "None but the brave/ deserve the fair." See more »

Goofs

The M1 rifle ammunition pouches worn by the Marines are obviously empty, as can be seen from their flat appearance. 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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none but the brave, none but the brave, deserve the fair!
9 December 2002 | by (The Society NY) – See all my reviews

I saw None But The Brave first run when it came out. It has to stand out in the WWII genre as one of the few that see the Japanese as human and show just a little understanding for their point of view.

The Japanese author constructed a Japanese unit mirroring an American one: replete with the tough sergeant and a bunch of kids too young to die, adding to it the buddist monk who wound up in the Imperial Japanese Army for praying for peace at the wrong time.

"I don't suppose," the Japanese LT asks the American Captain (Clint Walker), "you can just forget we're here."

The enemy no matter how much you hate him/her has a story worth telling. Only a fool in blind self-righteous fury can think otherwise.

The American cast Clint Walker, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Sands, and Sammy Jackson (later to play the stereotype of the US GI in the TV version of No Time For Sergeants)rendered a bravura performance.

The anti-war tone is as subtle as it is convincing with realistic scenes of firefights. The Japanese even with the odds against them are tough fighters to the bitter end.

It's an excellent film well worth revisiting. Comparable films include WE WERE SOLDIERS, THE ENEMY BENEATH, ALL'S QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, BREAKER MORANT and PRISONERS OF THE SUN.


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