In Harm's Way (1965)

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In Harm's Way (1965)

Počalji od mako taj Sre Apr 16, 2008 11:54 pm


Producer-director Otto Preminger's epic treatment of the bombing of
Pearl Harbor details the devastating sneak attack on the Naval base as
well as the explosive behind the scenes stories. An awesome cast of
stars including John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Henry Fonda,
Carroll O'Connor, Burgess Meredith, Paula Prentiss and a host of other
notables are interwoven into this account of the attack itself, the
disobeyed orders, the American counter-offensive, father-son reunions,
battles at sea and layers of romantic entanglements. It's a story
that's been told and re-told, but perhaps never so completely.

Captain Rockwell Torrey and Commander Paul Eddington are part of the
Navy's effort to recuperate from, and retaliate for, the Japanese
attack on Pearl Harbor. Torrey is romantically involved with nurse
Maggie Haynes, and also tries to restore his relationship with his
estranged son, Jeremiah, a young Naval officer. Written by Jim Beaver

Acclaimed director Otto Preminger's star-studded World War II epic
focuses on the direct effect the Pearl Harbor attack had on military
lives. After a failed counterstrike on the Japanese, Capt. Torrey (John
Wayne) gets shore duty, finds love with a nurse (Patricia Neal),
reconciles with his son and is finally sent back to sea. The troubled
Cmdr. Eddington (Kirk Douglas) complicates matters as Torrey faces the
most important battle of his career.

This film holds up very well over time. The action sequences are great
but it is the interplay of the large cast that make this war movie
unique. Tom Tryon and Paula Prentiss as the young naval officer and his
wife make an interesting sideline. They are representative of the
millons of young men and women dealing with separation, anxiety and
passion. A great cast including John Wayne,Patricia O'Neal, Kirk
Douglas, Burgess Meredith assist in making these a fine film. I enjoyed
the contribution of Brandon De Wilde whose career was unfortunately cut
short. All in all an excellent character based war story.

Must see Naval war classic backed with all star Hollywood tough guys
and then some. The action is dated, but the plot and subplots make up
for it. Otto Preminger constructs films with straight forward "salty"
characters, especially women, who bring credibility to plot lines with
their unabashed candor within a war time setting. In typical John Wayne
fashion, you get it with the varnish off! A landmark film in all

This is one of the great war movies and it succeeds (believe it or not)
because the melodramatic personal drama and romance really works in
making you care about the characters. Of course, the other reason it
works is because of the huge star power and truly spectacular battle
scenes filmed in Academy Award nominated wide screen black and white.
Director Otto Preminger learned his craft on 1940's film noir; no one
used the camera better and no one understood the benefits of black and
white over color better than he did, especially for this type of movie.
The story is a fictionalized version of the campaign to re-take the
Phillippine Islands and the Battle of Leyte Gulf. A portion of that
battle involved a small U.S.Navy force, lacking carriers or
battleships, taking on a much stronger Japanese fleet, and this is
accurately depicted in the climax of the movie. Highly recommended and
highly enjoyable.

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Audio Track #1:
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Language: English


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Datum upisa : 04.04.2008

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