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In Harm's Way (1965)

Approved | | Drama, War | 6 April 1965 (USA)
A Naval officer, reprimanded after Pearl Harbor, is later promoted to Rear Admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Wendell Mayes (screenplay), James Bassett (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Rock
Kirk Douglas ... Eddington
Patricia Neal ... Maggie
Tom Tryon ... Mac
Paula Prentiss ... Bev
Brandon De Wilde ... Jere
Jill Haworth ... Annalee
Dana Andrews ... Admiral Broderick
Stanley Holloway ... Clayton Canfil
Burgess Meredith ... Commander Egan Powell
Franchot Tone ... CINCPAC I
Patrick O'Neal ... Commander Neal Owynn
Carroll O'Connor ... Lt. Commander Burke
Slim Pickens ... C.P.O. Culpepper
James Mitchum ... Ensign Griggs
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Storyline

On patrol the morning of December 7th commanding a cruiser Captain Torrie receives word of the attack on Pearl Harbor. His orders are to find the Japanese force and attack it. The picture tells the story of three families during the outbreak of World War ll. Written by michaeloshey

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Taglines:

Stripped of everything - they lived and loved and fought as if there were no tomorrow... See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 April 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Erster Sieg See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,200,000, 31 December 1965
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When this movie was made in 1964, all of U.S. Navy Heavy and Light cruisers that would have been in service at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack had either been decommissioned and scrapped, or transferred to a South American Navy. Therefore, the only World War II-era cruisers at the time of filming were used, and some of these had weapons and electronics systems that were not in service during World War II. Therefore, it was impossible to have a 1941/1942 era U.S. cruiser in the movie as they did not exist. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Eddington takes the reconnaissance plane, it is given to him with a machine gun clearly visible extending from the nose. In later shots of the plane in flight, it is gone. See more »

Quotes

Captain Rockwell Torrey: In case it slipped your mind, it's gunnery stations at 0830.
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Alternate Versions

Videotape version is shorter than theatrical version televised on A&E. Battle footage at end of film shorter on video. See more »

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Soundtracks

Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
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Written by Charles Tobias, Lew Brown, and Sam H. Stept
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Wayne in Command
30 July 2002 | by gvb0907See all my reviews

John Wayne spent much of his later career foolishly playing much younger characters (e.g. "McQ" or "Brannigan") or indulging in clearly conscious self-parodies such as "True Grit." Most of his roles in the 60s and 70s were unworthy of his talents, but in 1964 he turned in one of his finest performances in Otto Preminger's "In Harms Way." His portrayal of Captain (later Rear Admiral) Rockwell Torrey saves an elaborate war film and shows that the Duke was a very capable actor.

Wayne will always be remembered as an action hero - riding, brawling, and shooting his way across the screen, stopping now and then for a drink or, less often, a kiss. But in this film, there are no horses, his one brawl is verbal, and he doesn't even carry a gun. Shorn of his usual props and plot devices, Wayne has no choice but to act and he delivers an extremely effective performance. He commands, he counsels, and in his own understated way, he loves. The picture's soap opera structure actually works to his advantage, giving him many opportunities to show different sides of his character's personality and to interact with almost every other performer in the film.

The rest of the huge cast is generally strong. Patricia Neal is fine as Wayne's romantic interest, playing a nurse who, as she says, is not a lady; Kirk Douglas is a bit overbearing at times as his exec, but then the role calls for it; Dana Andrews has one of his few good mature roles as the overly cautious Admiral Broderick. Everyone is up to the task but it's Wayne who carries the picture.

"In Harm's Way" is a heavily fictionalized account of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent campaign to take and hold Guadalcanal. Although the story owes more to the source novel than to real history, the tone of the film reasonably reflects the anxieties and uncertainties the Navy faced during the first year of the Pacific War.


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