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In Harm's Way

  • Drama
  • War
  • 1965
  • Otto Preminger
  • 160 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second World War action drama starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas as two US Navy officers whose fortunes fluctuate after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Producer/director Otto Preminger had a rough critical ride in the 1960s, not least for this marvellous Second World War epic, which begins with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The fine, hand-picked cast includes John Wayne and Kirk Douglas as naval officers suffering mixed fortunes during and after the attack. Both are tremendous, and they are well supported by Patricia Neal, Brandon de Wilde and Dana Andrews. The main flaw is that the special effects in the later sea battles look unconvincing (they were shot using models). Nevertheless, the film has an impressive sense of scale, a great score by Jerry Goldsmith, and, unusually, the characters aren't dwarfed by the canvas. It's a long haul, but well worth your perseverance.

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Cast

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Captain Rockwell TorreyJohn Wayne
Commander Paul EddingtonKirk Douglas
Lieutenant Maggie HaynesPatricia Neal
Lieutenant William McConnelTom Tryon
Bev McConnelPaula Prentiss
Ensign Jeremiah TorreyBrandon de Wilde
Ensign Annalee DorneJill Haworth
Admiral BroderickDana Andrews
Clayton CanfilStanley Holloway
Commander Neal O'WynnPatrick O'Neal (1)
Chief Petty Officer CulpepperSlim Pickens
Colonel GregoryGeorge Kennedy
Cincpac IIHenry Fonda
Commander PowellBurgess Meredith
Cincpac IFranchot Tone
Lieutenant Commander BurkeCarroll O'Connor
Ensign GriggsJames Mitchum
Quartermaster QuoddyBruce Cabot
Liz EddingtonBarbara Bouchet
Lieutenant ClineLarry Hagman
MajorHugh O'Brian
Piano playerJerry Goldsmith

Crew

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DirectorOtto Preminger

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Released on
1965-05-14
Languages
English | French
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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