Fear and Desire

Fear and Desire

Stanley Kubrick (1953)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Stanley Kubrick believed his first feature - about a platoon of soldiers in an unspecified war fighting behind enemy lines - was "a serious effort, ineptly done", so he tried to suppress it. He was right to do so; for, despite some striking imagery, what wrecks the movie - made with money borrowed from relatives - are the uniformly terrible performances and the atrocious dialogue. The script, written by Kubrick and poet Howard O Sackler, includes a scene in which a girl is tied to a tree and lectured to about the morality of war; it's the same kind of mumbo-jumbo Marlon Brando spouts at the end of Apocalypse Now. But any chance to see an early work from one of the world's greatest film-makers should not be missed, while future director Paul Mazursky appears as one of the GIs.


Four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines are waylaid by a feral woman and an old enemy. Drama, Stanley Kubrick's directorial debut, starring Frank Silvera and Kenneth Harp.

Cast & Crew

Sgt Mac Frank Silvera
Lt Corby/The General Kenneth Harp
Pte Sidney Paul Mazursky
Director Stanley Kubrick

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD