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Hell in the Pacific (1968)

G  |   |  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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Captain Tsuruhiko Kuroda (as Toshiro Mifune)


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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japanese | island | pilot | raft | stranded | See All (34) »


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


Drama | War


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Release Date:

18 December 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Infierno en el Pacífico  »

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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Rare and forgotten Lee Marvin Picture
24 September 2005 | by (Scottsdale, AZ) – See all my reviews

I only discovered Hell in the Pacific after searching for Lee Marvin films as I have become enamored with his work as of late. I thought this was going to be a war movie from start to finish, which I'm not always a big fan of. I am glad to say I was surprised and very pleased with this film.

This is a rare work of film that uses two actors, limited dialog(half of it in Japanese), and only one location. There have been many attempts at making movies about people stranded on islands, but this one pulls it off in a way no other has.

Thsi is a film about not only survival, but overcoming prejudice towards ones sworn enemy in a time of war. It is about moving past the fears of what you do not know, and using what you do know and the basic need to survive to pull through and band together.

I was more enthralled by this movie with almost no dialog, than I have been with movies that have won screenplay Oscars. To me, this is an example that if you have the right actors, the right story, and the right setting, dialog is not always necessary.

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