The story of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in Europe during World War II.

Director:

Robert Pirosh

Writer:

Robert Pirosh
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Complete credited cast:
Van Johnson ... Lt. Michael Grayson
Lane Nakano Lane Nakano ... Sam
George Miki George Miki ... Chick
Akira Fukunaga Akira Fukunaga ... Frank
Ken K. Okamoto Ken K. Okamoto ... Kaz
Henry Oyasato Henry Oyasato ... Ohhara
Harry Hamada Harry Hamada ... Masami
Henry Nakamura ... Tommy
Warner Anderson ... Col. Charles W. Pence
Don Haggerty ... Sgt. Wilson I. Culley
Gianna Maria Canale ... Rosina (as Gianna Canale)
Dan Riss ... Capt. Solari
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Storyline

A tribute to the U.S. 442nd Regimental Combat Team, formed in 1943 by Presidential permission with Japanese-American volunteers. We follow the training of a platoon under the rueful command of Lt. Mike Grayson who shares common prejudices of the time. The 442nd serve in Italy, then France, distinguishing themselves in skirmishes and battles; gradually and naturally, Grayson's prejudices evaporate with dawning realization that his men are better soldiers than he is. Not preachy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

Go For Broke! (means shoot the works!) See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Several of the main characters were played by actual members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team depicted in the film. The men saw action with the outfit in Italy and France. See more »

Goofs

During the fire fight in the ancient ruins a 61 mm mortar is set up behind a high stone wall. Had there been real rounds they would of hit the wall above the soldier's heads because the angle of the mortar was not great enough to allow the rounds to clear the wall. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Japanese-American Soldier: Kanakas. The ones from Hawaii. You know what they call us mainlanders? Kotonks. The way they tell it if you rap on our heads it's like hitting a coconut. Hollow heads, you know? Kotonk, kotonk, kotonk.
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Featured in Poltergeist (1982) See more »

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The Meaning of Love
Written by Robert Pirosh, Alberto Colombo and Ken K. Okamoto
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American history to be definitely remembered and honoured...
1 January 2001 | by Fuzzy-26See all my reviews

This film depicts (for a 50's war flick) the trials of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, a group of ALL-VOLUNTEER Japanese-American soldiers that fought in Europe against the Axis forces. The soldiers in this unit volunteered from the concentration, err... internment camps to fight for their and our country. They performed brilliantly and became the highest decorated unit in U.S. Army history. Former Senator Daniel Inouye was an officer in the 442nd, too!

While this is not the most exciting war movie ever made, it is certainly worth adding to a collection, especially since it can be bought in a 2-VHS set with "Gung Ho." Of special note is the scene where two German soldiers are trying to make heads-or-tails of of the Japanese chatter on field phone lines they are tapping.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

14 September 1951 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Go for Broke! See more »

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Budget:

$1,337,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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