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Hell in the Pacific (1968)

During World War II, an American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain are deserted on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must cease their hostility and cooperate if they want to survive, but will they?

Director:

John Boorman

Writers:

Alexander Jacobs (screenplay), Eric Bercovici (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Marvin ... American Pilot
Toshirô Mifune ... Captain Tsuruhiko Kuroda (as Toshiro Mifune)
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Storyline

During World War II, a shot-down American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain find themselves stranded on the same small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Following war logic, each time the crafty Japanese devises something useful, he guards it to deny its use to the Yank, who then steals it, its proceeds or the idea and/or ruins it. Yet each gets his chance to kill and/or capture the other, but neither pushes this to the end. After a while of this pointless pestering, they end up joining forces to build and man a raft... Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

Two wartime enemies with one chance for survival ... each other. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

18 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Infierno en el Pacífico See more »

Filming Locations:

Airai, Babelthuap, Palau See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,150,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,330,000, 31 December 1968

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,230,000, 31 December 1968
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm mag-optical prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After the producers changed the original ending without consulting him, director John Boorman vowed to always retain creative control of his projects from then on. See more »

Quotes

American Pilot: How come you guys don't believe in God?
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Alternate Versions

American version featured an alternative ending where the two get drunk and walk off in separate directions arguing at each other; in the British version they start yelling and a bomb from the sky falls and blows everything apart. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Down in the Cane Brake
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Traditional
Sung by Lee Marvin
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For those of you who didn't like the ending...
8 August 2002 | by MadCow5703See all my reviews

Not much more can be said about this outstanding film that hasn't already been said. It really is one of the finest meditations on war and the nature of men ever made. Boorman's direction is amazing, Conrad Hall's cinematography is luminous, and Mifune and Marvin are forces to be reckoned with. I did notice however that some of the reviewers had some issues with the ending. I thought I might just pop in here to let those of you who don't know, the DVD of "Hell in the Pacific" features an alternate ending that may be a bit more easily digestable, yet is no less powerful than the original ending. In fact in some ways it may be better. Watch the movie with both versions of the ending for an interesting example of what a difference the conclusion of a film can make. Viva Lee Marvin.


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