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Writers:
John Twist (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
24 February 1965 (USA) See more »
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The brave are never different - only different looking!
Plot:
American and Japanese soldiers, stranded on a tiny Pacific island during World War II, must make a temporary... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Film is Wonderful; Only Minor Flaws Distract See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Tatsuya Mihashi ... 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)
Ryucho Shunputei ... Pvt. Okuda
Hisao Dazai ... Pvt. Tokumaru
Susumu Kurobe ... Pvt. Goro
Takashi Inagaki ... Pvt. Ishi
Kenichi Hata ... Pvt. Sato

Frank Sinatra ... Chief Pharmacist Mate

Clint Walker ... Capt. Dennis Bourke

Tommy Sands ... 2nd Lt. Blair

Brad Dexter ... Sgt. Bleeker

Tony Bill ... Air Crewman Keller
Sammy Jackson ... Cpl. Craddock
Richard Bakalyan ... Cpl. Ruffino

Rafer Johnson ... Pvt. Johnson
Jimmy Griffin ... Pvt. Dexter
Christopher Dark ... Pvt. Searcy
Don Dorrell ... Pvt. Hoxie
Phillip Crosby ... Pvt. Magee (as Phil Crosby)
John Howard Young ... Pvt. Waller
Roger Ewing ... Pvt. Swensholm
Richard Sinatra ... Pvt. Roth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joe Gray ... (uncredited)
Laraine Stephens ... Lorie (uncredited)
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Directed by
Frank Sinatra 
 
Writing credits
John Twist (screenplay) and
Katsuya Susaki (screenplay)

Kikumaru Okuda (story)

Produced by
William H. Daniels .... associate producer
Howard W. Koch .... executive producer
Kikumaru Okuda .... producer
Frank Sinatra .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams  (as Johnny Williams)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Lipstein (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
 
Art Direction by
LeRoy Deane 
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Shu Uemura .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Salven .... assistant director
Mitsushige Tsurushima .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Eiji Tsuburaya .... special effects director: Toho Special Effects Group
 
Stunts
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Kenjiro Hirose .... music advisor: Japan
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Morris Stoloff .... music supervisor
Dominick Fera .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Milt Holland .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Barney Kessel .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
William Kraft .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Mitchell Lurie .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Pinky Savitt .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Thom Conroy .... dialogue coach
Kazuo Inoue .... technical advisor
Masao Mera .... interpreter
Tetsu Nakamura .... dialogue coach (as Satoshi Nakamura)
Haruyoshi Ôshita .... art advisor (as Haruyoshi Oshita)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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  • Hawaiian National Guard  we wish to thank, for their aid and cooperation, which made the production of this picture possible (as the Hawaiian National Guard)
  • United States Department of Defense, The  we wish to thank, for their aid and cooperation, which made the production of this picture possible (as the United States Department of Defense)
  • United States Marine Corps  we wish to thank, for their aid and cooperation, which made the production of this picture possible (as the United States Marine Corps)
  • United States Navy, The  we wish to thank, for their aid and cooperation, which made the production of this picture possible (as the United States Navy)
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106 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (uncredited)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2000) (2008) | USA:Approved (PCA #20787)
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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 »
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Revealing mistakes: The M1 rifle ammunition pouches worn by the Marines are obviously empty, as can be seen from their flat appearance.See more »
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Film is Wonderful; Only Minor Flaws Distract, 1 January 2006
Author: SgtSlaughter from St. Davids, Pennsylvania, USA

When you get right down to it, war is a pointless human endeavor. All it causes is death and destruction. When we use war to achieve a right event (such as the defeat of Nazism in World War II), it was often avoidable had some other peaceful action been taken earlier. Proper, humane treatment of Germany after World War I may have prevented the outbreak of World War II. "None But the Brave" is an earnest attempt to show that the differences between men in war can often be settled peacefully, and working together for mutual survival often assures peace and serenity.

The plot of the movie is rather straightforward. A plane carrying about a dozen American soldiers crashes on a small Pacific atoll, where the remnants of a Japanese garrison have been all but forgotten by their superiors. About equal in numbers, the two opposing parties attempt to fight it out, but then realize the hopelessness of confrontation, and instead form a peace in order to share fresh water, food, and medical supplies.

The two leads, Clint Walker ("The Dirty Dozen") and Tatsuya Mihashi ("Tora! Tora! Tora!") both shine in their roles. The two men are parallels: both have a sense of patriotism and devotion to their nation and the men under their command, yet both are humanists who see no point in destruction. During the truce, the two form a true friendship, coming to understand their respective backgrounds and personal life stories with respect and admiration for each other.

The supporting cast is generally filled with clichéd, familiar characters (a tough sergeant, a grizzled corporal, some inexperienced grunts, etc.), but the story really isn't about them. Tommy Sands ("The Longest Day") plays a green lieutenant out for blood, and his acting is far over the top. There's a story behind this, and it's unfortunate that his delivery strongly distracts from the story. Frank Sinatra has little to do, as he was busy in the director's chair, but there is a great extended scene revolving around a leg amputation where his limited dialog and great facial expressions more than deliver the goods. When Sinatra had substantial screen time, he used it well, but unfortunately he didn't give himself enough to do and his character is basically a waste of energy.

Director of Photography Harold Lipstein ("Hell is for Heroes") does a fantastic job with the Pacific locations. The steamy tropical jungle truly comes alive, especially during a fabulous scene in which a monsoon sweeps over the island. Sinatra's direction lacks flair, and most of the action sequences are straightforward and bland. The firefight revolving around a Japanese boat is also grim and gritty; and the final confrontation between the Japanese and Americans really delivers, mostly because of the blatant anti-war message which comes about 30 seconds after the shooting stops.

The movie features a rather boring score by John Williams (who was just starting to break into writing film scores in 1965; most of his work had been in television prior to this film). Eiji Tsuburaya (of "Godzilla") fame supervised the special effects work, and unfortunately, I have always found his work below-par when compared to some of the innovations Hollywood could afford during this period. There's a scene in which two model planes on strings blast away at each other in the same manner toy airplanes fired rockets at monsters as they attacked Tokyo. I can understand the Japanese cast and crew, since this was a joint production, but someone else should have been running the special effects department.

These are just minor nitpicks. Sinatra does a very good job directing this film and he has taken far too much criticism from other reviewers. The statements made in this film are bold and honest, and there are many moving moments. The final act is a brilliant exercise depicting the waste and futility of war. If everyone could not only watch, but understand the philosophy portrayed in this movie, perhaps the world would be a more peaceful place.

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