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  • PG
  • Drama, War
  • 1968
  • 101 mins

Hell in the Pacific

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About

Marvin and Mifune are the US and Japanese pilots who are forced to forget their differences and work together to survive when an accident leaves them both stranded on a deserted Pacific island during World War II. Boorman directs this two-hander, which is held together by powerful performances from Marvin and Mifune as the enemies who don't even have a common language to bond them together (cue lots of scenes of them yelling at each other in their own languages), yet somehow find common ground in their predicament.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Toshirô Mifune, Lee Marvin
  • Director: John Boorman
  • Writer: Alexander Jacobs, Reuben Bercovitch
  • Producer: Reuben Bercovitch
  • Photographer: Conrad L Hall

In a nutshell

Unsettling stuff, bolstered by a boldly bleak finale.

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