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Never So Few

  • Drama
  • War
  • 1959
  • John Sturges
  • 116 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second World War drama starring Frank Sinatra and Gina Lollobrigida, and featuring Steve McQueen. Captain Tom Reynolds leads a small army of guerrillas against the might of the Japanese army in Burma. While on leave, he falls in love with the beautiful Carla Vesari, but must woo her away from her shady boyfriend.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Captain Tom C ReynoldsFrank Sinatra
Carla VesariGina Lollobrigida
Captain Grey TravisPeter Lawford
Bill RingaSteve McQueen (1)
Captain Danny de MortimerRichard Johnson
Nikko RegasPaul Henreid
General SloaneBrian Donlevy
Sergeant Jim NorbyDean Jones
Sergeant John DanforthCharles Bronson

Crew

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DirectorJohn Sturges

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released on
1960-02-04
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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