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The Naked and the Dead (1958)

Approved | | Drama , War | 28 October 1958 (Japan)
Set during the Pacific War against the Japanese, this WW2 drama discerns between achieving one's mission at any cost versus preserving the lives under one's command and enforcing discipline through fear as opposed to mutual respect.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Denis Sanders (screenplay), Terry Sanders (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aldo Ray ... Sgt. Sam Croft
Cliff Robertson ... Lt. Robert Hearn
Raymond Massey ... Gen. Cummings
Lili St. Cyr ... Willa Mae aka Lily
Barbara Nichols ... Mildred Croft
William Campbell ... Brown
Richard Jaeckel ... Gallagher
James Best ... Rhidges
Joey Bishop ... Roth
Jerry Paris ... Goldstein
Robert Gist ... Red
L.Q. Jones ... Woodrow 'Woody' Wilson
Max Showalter ... Col. Dalleson (as Casey Adams)
John Beradino ... Capt. Mantelli (as John Berardino)
Edward McNally Edward McNally ... Cohn
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Storyline

In the Pacific during World War 2, the officers live a comfortable life with good food, good drink and good quarters. To them, war is a game which they know they will win and the common soldiers are the pawns on the board. When the campaign slows down, the Commander sends a squad to the top of a mountain behind enemy lines to report on the Japanese troop movements. The squad is commanded by a tough cynical Sergeant who takes no prisoners and even takes the gold from the teeth of the enemy dead. Before the mission starts, the lieutenant, who has had a cushy job due to a life of wealth and privilege, criticizes the Commander over his attitude towards the common soldier and is re-assigned to lead the squad. The veteran Sergeant wants to complete this mission as ordered, and he will do everything he can do to see that it is successful. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

The bigness and the boldness of the Naked and the Dead.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morte Tem Seu Preço See more »

Filming Locations:

Panama

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paul Gregory Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Norman Mailer, the author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed novel on which the film is based, was reported to have said it was the worst movie he had ever seen after viewing the film. See more »

Goofs

About 26 minutes into the film, as the sergeant is begging the lieutenant for more replacements, a mixed-race combat unit walks by in the background. The armed forces did not integrate until after WWII. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Una questione d'onore (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

South American Way
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Played during Lt. Hearn's dream sequence
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Never read the book
25 April 2003 | by GangsteroctopusSee all my reviews

And maybe if I had, I might like the movie less. (I read "The Thin Red Line" before I saw that movie and was, as I expected, disappointed despite the fact that that is a very fine film.) As it is, I like this film a lot. For one thing, it's got one of Bernard Hermann's best but least-known scores; I wish it were available on CD. The cast features an amazing array of '50s lead and supporting actors. L.Q. Jones is especially enjoyable as an amiable hillbilly (a role he specialized in) and Aldo Ray gives one of his finest performances as the hate-filled Sgt. Croft. Cliff Robertson is a little milque-toasty, but that's more because the role is underwritten. Raymond Massey is appropriately arrogant and high-handed as the general in charge of the campaign. If you can catch this film on TV, Turner Classic Movies is the place to see it because they letterbox it in its original 'scope aspect ratio, crucial to appreciating this film in all its widescreen glory. Trivia note: this was a favorite film of German auteur Rainier Werner Fassbinder.


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