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Okinawa (1952)

Basically the story of the sea battle for Okinawa between the ships of the U.S. Navy and the Japanese suicide planes---the Kamaikazes---and, as such, is filled with stock footage from ... See full summary »

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Arthur A. Ross (story) (as Arthur Ross), Arthur A. Ross (screenplay) (as Arthur Ross) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Lt. Cmdr. Hale
Cameron Mitchell ... 'Grip' McCleary
Richard Denning ... Lt. Phillips
Rhys Williams ... Robby Roberg
James Dobson James Dobson ... Emerson
Richard Benedict ... Delgado
Rudy Robles ... Felix
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Basically the story of the sea battle for Okinawa between the ships of the U.S. Navy and the Japanese suicide planes---the Kamaikazes---and, as such, is filled with stock footage from official U.S. war-department films and newsreels and from Japanese newsreels..and even a movie-within-a-movie where 1948's "Ladies of the Chorus" is shown to a crew of a ship in 1944. The factual story is interlaced with a fictional one dealing with the crew of an American destroyer which is assigned to an ocean picket line around Okinawa to protect the supply ships and the forces on the island. As such, it has the usual battle-weary skipper, the Latino wise-guy, the "Kid" and the "Old Veteran", and the brash, cigar-chewing "operator" on the ship who has cornered the entire supply of the ship's beer rations. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Surmanlentäjät See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marilyn Monroe appears as a singer in a short film shown to the crew to boost morale...The crew believed they were going to see a film on how to avoid 'tropical fever'and instead saw a short film featuring Marilyn Monroe singing. See more »

Goofs

The story takes places at the time of the battle for Okinawa, 1945, but the personnel involved watch a film clip from 'Ladies of the Chorus' a 1948 production featuring Marilyn Monroe. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

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Save your time....
14 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Tonight I tried watching "Okinawa" and wow was I disappointed. While the film should have been an inspiring epic with a cast of thousands, it's a crappy, cheap little film with a cast of dozens! In other words, although the invasion of Okinawa took thousands and thousands of soldiers, the filmmakers thought they'd cleverly avoid this expense. So, they used LOTS of stock footage of the invasion and has a group of bad actors (or at least actors with really bad dialog) ham it up and pretend that a war is on....though they really do NOTHING! Scene after scene literally consist of folks talking about the war and describing what's happening!! They really do very little and the film looks almost like what a war film by Ed Wood would look like! Just terrible in every way and not worth your time or effort.


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