Go for Broke
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Platform: DVD MOVIE Publisher: ALPHA VIDEO Packaging: DVD STYLE BOX A bigoted Texan Lieutenant Michael Grayson (Van Johnson) is assigned to command the U.S. 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. Learning that the regiment is composed entirely of Japanese-American volunteers he immediately requests a transfer. Suspicious and distrustful of his troops the Lieutenant finds it hard to believe that "Japs" are fit to be American soldiers.Denied his transfer the unhappy commander and his regiment ship out to the raging battlefields of Europe. "Go For Broke" is the motto of the 442nd and the troops' daring and bravery under fire prove it to be well-deserved. Lt. Grayson's prejudices gradually turn to respect and admiration as his heroic subordinates aquit themselves with valor and a clear determination to go above and beyond the call of duty. Taking on heavy casualties in carrying out its missions the 442nd was one of the U.S. Army's most decorated infantry regiments during WWII. Many of the actual veterans of the celebrated fighting unit play themselves in Go For Broke. Appearing in more than 100 films during his long career Van Johnson became one of America's top war film heroes during the 1940s and 1950s. In addition to Go For Broke popular WWII-inspired movies include The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) Command Decision (1948) Battleground (1949) and the Oscar-nominated film The Caine Mutiny (1954) one of his most memorable starring roles. Starring: Van JohnsonDirected by: Robert Pirosh DVD Details: Run Time: 90 minutesNumber of Discs: 1Originally Released in 1951Black & WhiteNo region encoding; For global distribution.
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My father was an American Infantry officer during WWII and served from the WWII U.S. Army formation at the "Great Louisiana Maneuvers" in the summer of 1941 through all of the North African campaign, then Sicily, and all the way up Italy to the German surrender in May 1945. I was raised on stories of the war, and the 442nd's achievements were one of those stories. Dad never understood prejudice in any form but especially prejudice against men who were part of the same fighting force and most especially against men who showed themselves so bravely. As he told me early on and in a very respectful voice, "The Nisei had the highest level of purple hearts and awards for bravery of any unit in the army." Before the 442nd left Italy enroute to France [and saving the "Lost Battalion"], there was an awards ceremony for them in northern Italy. I have a couple photos of that ceremony as my father proudly represented U.S. Fifth Army there. But I'm attaching another photo of the 442nd/100th Btn.in Italy--a photo of the unit being reviewed by then Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal with Gen. Mark Clark on the left and another officer--in helmet and probably the 442nd commander. I add the photo here because I believe the people who see the film and read the review comments would enjoy it. Sincerely, Heydon Buchanan
tell the story of the most decorated outfit in our military, one made up of Japanese-
Americans fighting in Europe at a time when all Orientals were viewed with hate, or
at least suspicion. A reasonably good job is done by Van Johnson as the prejudiced
officer put in charge of a company of these soldiers, and by the writer and director at
showing how his attitude toward them gradually changes. But the story itself is thin,
and only a token (pun not intended) effort is made to flesh out the characters of the
soldiers themselves, and what they fought for.
As Hollywood remakes everything these days, this is a movie that could use the full
treatment. It is a story that deserves to be told in full detail.
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