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Hell in the Pacific (1968)

 -  Drama | War  -  18 December 1968 (USA)
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During World War II, an American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain are deserted on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must cease their hostility and cooperate if they want to survive, but will they?

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During World War II, a shot-down American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain find themselves stranded on the same small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Following war logic, each time the crafty Japanese devises something useful, he guards it to deny its use to the Yank, who then steals it, its proceeds or the idea and/or ruins it. Yet each gets his chance to kill and/or capture the other, but neither pushes this to the end. After a while of this pointless pestering, they end up joining forces to build and man a raft... Written by KGF Vissers

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Two wartime enemies with one chance for survival ... each other. See more »

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Drama | War

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18 December 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Infierno en el Pacífico  »

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(Westrex Recording System) (35 mm mag-optical prints)| (70 mm prints)

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After the producers changed the original ending without consulting him, director John Boorman vowed to always retain creative control of his projects from then on. See more »

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American Pilot: Oh, for a second I thought you were a Jap.
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References Un Chien Andalou (1929) See more »

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Down in the Cane Brake
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Sung by Lee Marvin
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Cain and Abel in a Land Primeval
20 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a truly cinematic experience: character and plot develop through visual storytelling. The two characters can't even speak the same language, but compelling performances speak volumes to the audience. The often breathtaking scenery provides a dramatic contrast to the ugliness of Man's cruelty. Marvin and Mifune show Man is bound to 'return to where he started;' sin spoils moments of grace despite our noblest intentions. The devastating ending perfectly completed the metaphor of the film.

The primal setting (in Panavision) and "Twilight Zone" ending reminded me of "Planet of the Apes." Fans of the Boorman-Marvin director-actor collaboration must see "Point Blank." Those who don't like island-survival films with controversial endings should avoid "Limbo."


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