Hell in the Pacific

Hell in the Pacific

DVD - 2004
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During WWII two pilots, one American and one Japanese, crash on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must let go of their hostility and cooperate in order to survive, but will they?
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment [distributor, 2004]
ISBN: 9780792860501
0792860500
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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karmafarmer
Dec 08, 2017

Both actors give a prime performance... Lee Marvin has left us with some great films, this one lets us see his dramatic and comedic sides and gives us a discussion on humanity itself.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 17, 2017

Two iconic actors are stuck on an island in World War II. At first they fight, but then start to work together. If the premise seems boring and you're put off by movies with little dialogue, then maybe skip this one. Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune were both in World War II and both bring a physical intensity and authenticity to their roles. I think it's intentional that Mifune's lines aren't subtitled, as it emphasizes the divide between the two men. The island of Palau makes for a beautiful setting, Lalo Schifrin, who wrote the "Mission:Impossible" theme, did the music, and John Boorman ("Deliverance," "Point Blank") directs. I didn't love the ending, but the DVD includes an alternate one.

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COURIER3
Mar 28, 2015

WISH THERE HAD BEEN SUBTITLES FOR JAPANESE PILOT. TOO MANY SEGMENTS WHERE THEY NOT EATING. HOW COULD THEY SURVIVE ON THE BOMBED OUT ISLAND WITH OUT FOOD. THEY DID HAVE SAKI. BE SURE AND WATCH THE CHOICES OF DIFFERENT ENDINGS UNDER SPECIAL FEATURES. THE JAPANESE PILOT KNEW HOW TO SURVIVE. THANKS TO THOSE REVIEWS ON DASHBOARD I WOULD NEVER HAVE KNOW ABOUT THIS FILM. LEE MARVIN ONE OF MY FAVORITES.

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JackPurcell
Mar 07, 2015

A good movie somewhat akin to a more recent Korean movie [Welcome to Dongmakgol] about the Korean War in which a US pilot, two ROK Army troops and two Chinese troops find themselves marooned in a small remote village.
In this one Lee Marvin and his Japanese roomie come to reasonable terms despite everything. A worthy concept and middling good movie.

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c_anderson
Jan 20, 2012

Superb film, and one of the few I've seen where both endings (the original and the alternate) are good. One can imagine a terrible Hollywood remake, possibly with Tom Hanks, with backstory, subtitles, each trying to learn the other's language...the brilliance of the film is that it doesn't try to explain too much. Plus there's some amazing cinematography.

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Koenigstiger
Jul 14, 2011

A simply brilliant film- sadly probably too slow for today's audiences, much to their loss. The sci-fi adaptation Enemy Mine is also a top-notch film.

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NobleSix
Feb 26, 2011

Watched this on VHS...Couldn't understand a single thing Mifune said:(no subtitles).

One of my favorite WW 2 movies. Now a days hollywood just portrays war movies as action flicks.

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