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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon August 18, 2000
Again Frank Sinatra gives another fine performance (he has always been underrated as an actor in my opinion) and he even directed this film! This is an interesting W.W.II film set on an island in the Pacific where small bands of both American and Japanese forces are stranded. This film examines the human sacrifices made in war and questions if there is justification for those sacrifices examined through the camaraderie and reminisces of fellow combatants on both sides. Sinatra, as director, gives Clint Walker a chance to demonstrate his acting abilities in a fine dramatic performance. The stalwart cast also includes Tatsuya Mihashi, Tommy Sands, Tony Bill, Brad Dexter,Takeshi Kato and Sammy Jackson. Listen for an early score composed by John (Johnny) Williams. I always liked this one.
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on August 3, 2010
This DVD is a must for all classic film enthusiasts. Released in 1965, it revolves around the story of a platoon of U.S. Marines during WWII whose transport plane is shot down by an enemy fighter plane over an island in the South Pacific occupied by another platoon of Japanese soldiers. Both groups find are marooned and out of communication with their main forces. They engage each other in a series of battles until both sides decide to arrange a truce in order to save the life of a Japanese soldier suffering from gangrene resulting from his wounds. The late Frank Sinatra plays the Marine's medic, who performs a chilling and suspenseful amputation on the wounded Japanese soldier in an attempt to save his life. Clint Walker is the American no-nonsense commander who negotiates the truce with the enemy commander. Both sides agree that if either unit establishes contact with their main force, the truce will end and combat will resume. This film also possesses a splendid music score composed by Johnnie Williams, now known as John Williams who composed the music for all of the Star Wars films along with many other well known films. These include the likes of Superman,Raiders of the Lost Ark,Close Encounters of the Third Kind,Midway,The Cowboys,Jaws,E.T., and the famous Olympic games theme.
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on January 20, 2010
Great war flick, and the video/audio were very good, but there are no english subtitles for the japanese dialogue, without which you are stuck with the hard-of-hearing subtitles for the whole movie, including ( SINGING ), (LAUGHING ), etc., which to me is very annoying, or you miss a good part of the movie which is in Japanese. I can't believe this was overlooked in the production of this edition.
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on September 17, 2014
Very good film. When I was a boy of 10 and wantched this film in 1966, I'd give it 5 stars. Now it gets 4 becuase the costumes, hairstyles and makeup of some civilians are 1960ish. The special effects are OK at best and there are no English subtitles on the Japanese dialogues. You get the jist of what is going on, but you are not 100% sure.

That said, the story is excellent and the roles played by the "Chairman of the board" and Clint Walker were also very good. The Japanese actors were very good themselves. This is really a pretty decent anti war film and I for one am glad to see it again.
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on November 4, 2014
Directed and Produced by Frank Sinartra, tells the story of a small island held by Japanese who had lost contact with their base. Then a plane filled with US Marines crash on the other end of the Island. The film tells the story of how the Japanese and Marines come to an understanding an uneasy truce, during the period it takes to get the radio of the Marines to work and arrange evacuation of the Island. This is a summary, the film is worth seeing and will give you a far better insight and your own interpretation of the outcome. Recommended
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on July 22, 2015
Old blue eyes pulls another one off. The jacket for the movie is very misleading. Frank Sinatra plays the role of a Chief Hospital Corpsman and back in WW2 they did not carry any weapons. Here on the jacket they have got him with a M3 45cal grease gun in his hand. Something that in the movie he never touched.
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on August 14, 2014
This was one of my favorite war movies with a strong performance by Clint Walker and Frank Sinatra. A small group of American Marines find them selves stranded on an island in the Pacific occupied by a group of Japanese soldiers who have lost contact with their command. After a few skirmishes both sides declare a truce and try to work together. This movie marked Frank Sinatra's dictatorial debut and he put in a fine performance, both in front and behind the camera. If you enjoy a good war movie with a very good plot, this is the one for you.
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on January 8, 2016
Absolute Sinatra classic! Clint Walker, Tommy Sands really make up a great cast. One of my favorite war movies. If you're a Sinatra fan, this has to be in your collection. Some people say it's an anti-war movie, but I would vote no on that. Very enjoyable. 10 out of 10 scale!
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on February 9, 2014
This is an unusual look at WWII from the point of view of both American and Japanese soldiers. It demonstrates how war causes loss to all sides. Frank Sinatra did a good job as a part of the ensemble. I wished there were subtitles for the Japanese. Although you got the general impression of what was being said, having the translation added to understanding the movie. You can use the captions, but I find them annoying when people are speaking English. Maybe I am too easily distracted! This movie gives much to think about, as the soldiers from both sides come to see each other as fellow human beings and yet cling to their allegiance to country regardless.
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on July 22, 2015
This film has a lotta Japanese dialogue with no translation available. The first part of the movie is almost all Japanese and you must use your imagination and guess what is being said. Otherwise it is an interesting take on the war.
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