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The Naked and the Dead ()


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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... See more »

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Sgt. Sam Croft
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Lt. Robert Hearn
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Gen. Cummings
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Willa Mae aka Lily
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Mildred Croft
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Brown
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Gallagher
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Rhidges
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Roth
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Goldstein
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Red
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Woodrow 'Woody' Wilson
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Col. Dalleson (as Casey Adams)
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Capt. Mantelli (as John Berardino)
Edward McNally ...
Cohn
Greg Roman ...
Minetta
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Amargo ...
Sgt. Julio Martinez (uncredited)
Alan Austin ...
Lieutenant (uncredited)
Jered Barclay ...
Corporal (uncredited)
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General (uncredited)
David Carlile ...
Patient (uncredited)
John Close ...
Captain (uncredited)
Audrey Conti ...
Girl in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
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Master Sgt. - Dispatch Messenger (uncredited)
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Girl in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
Lydia Goya ...
Stripper (uncredited)
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Shipboard Soldier (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ...
General (uncredited)
Edwin Gregson ...
Pvt. Wyman, Dies of Snakebite (uncredited)
Val Hidey ...
Stripper (uncredited)
Robert Hosai ...
Japanese Prisoner (uncredited)
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Major (uncredited)
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Admiral (uncredited)
Taffy O'Neil ...
Stripper (uncredited)
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B-Girl (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Larry Sterling ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Officer at Meeting (uncredited)
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Patient (uncredited)
Bruce Underhill ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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Girl in Dream Sequence (uncredited)

Directed by

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Raoul Walsh

Written by

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Denis Sanders ... (screenplay) &
Terry Sanders ... (screenplay)
 
Norman Mailer ... (novel)

Produced by

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Paul Gregory ... producer

Music by

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Bernard Herrmann

Cinematography by

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Joseph LaShelle

Film Editing by

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Arthur P. Schmidt

Art Direction by

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Ted Haworth

Set Decoration by

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William L. Kuehl

Makeup Department

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Allan Snyder ... makeup supervisor

Production Management

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Joseph C. Behm ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Russell Saunders ... assistant director (as Russ Saunders)
Wes McAfee ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Tyrus Wong ... art department (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Robert B. Lee ... sound
Hal Barnes ... sound editor (uncredited)
John Bury Jr. ... recordist (uncredited)
Walter Feldman ... sound editor (uncredited)
John O. Young ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Ralph Webb ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill M. Ryusaki ... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Don Anderson ... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Doran ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Anthony Ugrin ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Oscar Rodriguez ... wardrobe supervisor

Music Department

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Bernard Herrmann ... conductor (uncredited)

Other crew

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Raymond A. Klune ... production executive
Vernon F. Jones ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Marshall J. Wolins ... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The bigness and the boldness of the Naked and the Dead. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les nus et les morts (France)
  • Los desnudos y los muertos (Spain)
  • Die Nackten und die Toten (West Germany)
  • Gymnoi brosta ston thanato (Greece)
  • Goli i mrtvi (Yugoslavia, Serbian title)
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  • 131 min
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Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia This film was originally to be released by RKO Radio Pictures, but by the time it was ready for release, that studio had closed down and the film was distributed by Warner Bros. It may be the only instance where the logos of both companies appear on the same 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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in Una questione d'onore (1966). See more »
Soundtracks Some Sunday Morning See more »

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