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Once again returning to the genre to which he was perhaps best-suited, director Lewis Milestone traces the fate of a Marine platoon in the Pacific theater during WWII. The film stars Richard Widmark as the no-nonsense Lt. Carl Anderson, an officer charged with the responibility of leading his unit on a scouting mission to capture prisoners from an experimental rocket-launching facility and bring them back for interrogation. Among his platoon are veterans Pidgeon Lane (Jack Palance), Doc (Karl Malden), and Sgt. Zelenko (Neville Brand), as well as raw recruits Coffman (Robert Wagner) and Cpl. Stuart Conroy (Richard Hylton). Anderson is skilled at subtly motivating the varied group of characters, while suffering himself from crushing headaches. The platoon attacks the island, taking losses on the heavily defended beach. When they try to take a strategic ridge, they're pinned down by rocket fire whose source is impossible to locate. In desperation, Anderson is ordered to take a hand-picked patrol behind enemy lines to bring back prisoners. After some painful losses, they finally return with prisoners.
This is a solid, exceptionally well acted effort, which gives full weight to the terrible human cost of war. The film is also notable for great performances by Malden, Palance, Widmark, Webb, and the very young Wagner.
Actors Richard Widmark, Karl Malden, Robert Wagner, Jack Palance, Richard Boone, Philip Ahn, Skip Homeier & Jack Webb
Director Lewis Milestone
Certificate Universal Suitable for All
Screen 4:3 Fullscreen 1.33:1
Languages English - Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo
Additional Languages French; German; Italian; Spanish
Subtitles English for the hearing impaired; Danish; Dutch; Finnish; French; German; Greek; Italian; Norwegian; Spanish; Swedish; Turkish
Duration 1 hour and 48 minutes (approx)