Never So Few

Never So Few

John Sturges (1959)

116min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
This MGM drama about wartime activity in Burma was clearly influenced by The Bridge on the River Kwai, and is notable mainly for its use of Ceylon locations. But any hopes for meaningful drama are quickly discarded for the sake of a hot romance between Frank Sinatra and the immaculate Gina Lollobrigida. When the film was released, two virtually unknown actors received career-boosting reviews: both Richard Johnson and Steve McQueen progressed to better roles, the latter famously teaming up again with co-star Charles Bronson and director John Sturges for The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape. Today, this film is a fascinating relic of a studio in decline, combining those on the way up (McQueen, Bronson) with those in the twilight of their careers (Paul Henreid, Brian Donlevy) in a story undimmed by the star casting of Sinatra, who had yet to acquire the image that would undermine his credibility in such roles forever.

Summary

US captain Tom C Reynolds is serving in Burma and training soldiers in modern warfare to help fight the Japanese. However, when his unit is attacked by supposed allies, Reynolds risks the wrath of his superiors and sets out on a mission of revenge. Second World War drama, starring Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson.

Cast & Crew

Captain Tom C Reynolds Frank Sinatra
Carla Vesari Gina Lollobrigida
Captain Grey Travis Peter Lawford
Bill Ringa Steve McQueen (1)
Captain Danny de Mortimer Richard Johnson
Nikko Regas Paul Henreid
General Sloane Brian Donlevy
Sergeant Jim Norby Dean Jones
Sergeant John Danforth Charles Bronson
Director John Sturges
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Available on: Available on DVD

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