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

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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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18 December 1968 (USA)  »

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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 »

Quotes

American Pilot: Oh, for a second I thought you were a Jap.
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Down in the Cane Brake
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Sung by Lee Marvin
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6 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not only is this film a fascinating account of survival against odds, its a reflection of cultural differences within a crucial historical timeframe. Its narrative may be flawed, a little too stylized, but it features two of the greatest faces of 60s cinema history: Marvin and Mifune. Looking back on the second world war, it seems ironic that the Japanese believed their culture was superior in warfare, and the Americans believed theirs was superior for peace. In the end it will turn out to be the other way around. This film touches on that subject, highlighting Marvins aggressive, loud, and brutal behavior, and Mifunes quieter, more methodical survival methods. But in their battle to survive, the two men become almost indistinguishable. The most touching scene in the film: Both men collapsed in their sinking raft, dejected, exhausted, dehydrated, totally at their mercy of nature, a symbolic scene for human life. The DVD i saw contained both endings, the original, never seen in TV prints, much more believable and satisfying.


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