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Never So Few (1959)

Approved | | Drama, War | 7 December 1959 (USA)
During WW2, the American OSS mounts covert operations with the native Kachin against the Japanese army in the jungles of Burma.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Millard Kaufman (screenplay), Tom T. Chamales (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Sinatra ... Capt. Tom Reynolds
Gina Lollobrigida ... Carla Vesari
Peter Lawford ... Capt. Grey Travis
Steve McQueen ... Bill Ringa
Richard Johnson ... Capt. Danny De Mortimer
Paul Henreid ... Nikko Regas
Brian Donlevy ... Gen. Sloan
Dean Jones ... Sgt. Jim Norby
Charles Bronson ... Sgt. John Danforth
Philip Ahn ... Nautaung
Robert Bray ... Col. Fred Parkson
Kipp Hamilton ... Margaret Fitch
John Hoyt ... Col. Reed
Whit Bissell ... Capt. Alofson - Psychiatrist
Richard Lupino Richard Lupino ... Mike Island
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Storyline

Captain Tom Reynolds and his band of skilled OSS operatives are in WWII Burma to arm and train the Kachin natives. But jungle combat, particularly against a Japanese army as familiar with the terrain as the Kachin, is hazardous. Some respite is found during leaves in the arms of beautiful gold digger Carla, but after Chinese raiders cross the border to loot and murder American soldiers, Reynolds abandons all notions of "military protocol" and seeks requital. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Taglines:

Kiss by kiss the time ran out and never so few were the moments left for love! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Campaign Burma See more »

Filming Locations:

India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,480,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,020,000, 31 December 1959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,270,000, 31 December 1959
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Hoyt, Whit Bissell, and George Takei all went on to become legendary television actors of the 1960s, and all three played memorable roles in Star Trek (1966), but no two of them, let alone all three, were ever in the same episode of that show. See more »

Goofs

When Frank and his fellow captain and doctor jump from the plane to parachute the two captains are wearing their hat and beret with no chin straps or fasteners. See more »

Quotes

Cpl. Bill Ringa: Excuse me for saying so, sir... but you look terrible.
Capt. Tom Reynolds: Inside of my mouth tastes like the outside of a crocodile.
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Featured in Steve McQueen: The King of Cool (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Kachin Koncerto
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Wolcott
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Frank! How could you?
25 September 2001 | by pae-skSee all my reviews

World War II along the Burma Road becomes a Rat Pack romp (well, two of them anyway: Frank and Peter Lawford) with Steve McQueen filling in for Sammy Davis, Jr. (after "Smokey" was written out of the picture for incurring the Chairman's wrath). Gina Lollobrigida makes full use of her talent, inhaling and exhaling deliciously. Brian Donlevy as General Sloan is puffy and florid from too many years of real-life drinking and carousing. Frank's goatee (which thankfully he shaves off later) is the worst beard since Clark Gable's Parnell, and rotten camera work shows off that ugly forceps scar behind Frank's ear which better cameramen went out of their way to avoid. The novel by Tom Chamales touched off quite a stink in 1957, accusing General Chiang Kai-Chek's mercenary bandits (oops, I mean Chinese Nationalist soldiers) of murdering and robbing American GI's. The film touched off an even bigger stink. A good cast wasted on a thoroughly stupid script with lots of ring-a-ding boozing between noisy battle scenes. BOMB rating, but if Jay, Dave and Ted Koppel are all showing reruns and you just can't sleep . . .


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