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No Man Is an Island (1962)

During the early Pacific war years, American seaman George Tweed is the only U.S. serviceman on Guam not captured by the Japanese forces.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Hunter ... George R. Tweed
Marshall Thompson ... Jonn Sonnenberg
Barbara Perez ... 'Joe' Cruz
Ronald Remy ... Chico Torres
Paul Edwards Jr. Paul Edwards Jr. ... Al Turney
Rolf Bayer Rolf Bayer ... Chief Schultz
Vicente Liwanag Vicente Liwanag ... Vicente
Fred Harris II Fred Harris II ... Roy Lund
Lamberto V. Avellana Lamberto V. Avellana ... Mr. Shimoda
Chichay Chichay ... Mrs. Nakamura
Antonio De la Mogueis Antonio De la Mogueis ... Florecito
Vic Silayan Vic Silayan ... Major Hondo
Bert Lafortesa Bert Lafortesa ... Comdr. Oto Harada (as Bert La Fortesa)
Eddie Infante Eddie Infante ... Sus Quintagua
Nardo Ramos Nardo Ramos ... Tumon
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The true story of George Tweed, an American sailor who became the only serviceman on the island of Guam to avoid capture by the Japanese during the early years of World War II. Written by Anonymous

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He Fought a One Man War Against Japan! See more »

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Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1963 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

L'aigle de Guam See more »

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Production Co:

Gold Coast Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only reason for Barbara Perez in accepting this project was for the opportunity to go to Hollywood to see her favorite stars. She indeed joined the cast in promoting the film in U.S.A. See more »

Goofs

After Mr.Shimoda dies (1:23:29)thieves open his buried coffin and steal his body.This wouldn't have been possible since Mr.Shimoda,like most Japanese Buddhists,would have been cremated the day after the wake.After the cremation his bones would have been picked out of his ashes by the mourners(using chopsticks)and transferred to a large funeral urn. See more »

Connections

Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 22 October 1962 (1962) See more »

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Second-rate treatment of a noble adventure.
6 May 2002 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Jeffrey Hunter plays the part of George Tweed, the redoubtable U.S. Navy radioman who survived in hiding on Guam during the Japanese occupation of that island, with the assistance of many Guamanians who willingly turned their lives upside-down to protect him. Hunter is woefully miscast; devout Antonio Antero, the Chamorro who was Tweed's principal benefactor during his ordeal, was convinced of his Christian duty to assist the American due to the latter's appearance: gaunt and dirty with long hair and sullied clothing, akin to Christ before the crucifixion, but Hunter is obviously well-nourished with his hair style never disturbed, and with barely a nod by his demeanor to his taxing situation. Tweed, as the sole American survivor of the invasion, was a totem to the people native to Guam that the United States was still there, but this fact is overlooked in this production. Although Tweed was hidden within a cave in the island's southeast, a popular tourist attraction today, the scenario places him atop a mountain where he would be in plain view of enemy aircraft, a serious miscue in light of the fact that much of the occupiers' activity was revolving about attempts at his capture. Tweed cleverly repaired a damaged radio and typewriter and through skillful use of both helped to offset Japanese propaganda concerning the true progress of the war; however, this is touched on but briefly and in a distorted fashion, at that. Although obviously designed as packaged Hollywood entertainment, the screen story appears jejune when one recalls that many died to preserve the safety of the real-life Tweed. Filmed in the Philippines with largely local performers, NO MAN IS AN ISLAND flags from consistently poor production characteristics, which tend to jar a viewer's sensibilities. Not surprisingly, the acting is variable, with Marshall Thompson being wasted, and Hunter swallowing many of his lines as well as being uncomfortably saddled with a vapid love interest. Since the script does not delineate a point of view, and there is scant in the way of direction, we are left with one cliché-ridden scene after another. Some potentially engaging sub-plots, in particular one formed from the plight of Japanese-Americans remaining on Guam during the occupation, are only grazed fragments here. Talented Basil Wrangell does his best at editing this affair, but his cachet is finally defeated as the movie flounders forward to its hackneyed conclusion.


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