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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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They hunted each other as enemies...they tormented each other as savages...they faced each other as men! See more »

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Infierno en el Pacífico  »

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Both Lee Marvin and Toshirô Mifune actually served in the Pacific during World War II, of course on opposing sides. See more »

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American Pilot: How come you guys don't believe in God?
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Down in the Cane Brake
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WW2 meets Cast away?
3 December 2002 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

No. Not really. The differences are numerous: first off, the plot structure is much tighter and centers on the animal side of man, and HITP doesn't have CA's boring first and last acts to bog it down. Pitting Marvin against Kurosawa favorite Mifune was a great idea, but could have failed with a more conventional approach. Here we are introduced to both in a neutral way, free to prefer which ever one we choose to. Both actors do a fine job, playing mostly emotional and physical roles with great restrain and intelligence. Boorman's direction is perfect, rejecting excess stylization in favor of a subtle approach and relying on superb photography. You have got to see this at least once, simply because it is very philosophical without ever trying to be. Because it boasts top performances from two of the last century's greatest leading presences in action cinema. Because, though frustrating at first, the ending is, for once, the smartest one that could have been chosen. Humanity is on trial and the judges choose to be honest and pragmatic, thus delivering something that combines greatness and very thoughtful substance.


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