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Paula Prentiss in her best role.
The was a better than average "war"film made during the controversial Viet Nam War about the "approved" War with the Japanese after Pearl Harbor. There is one commonality about this film, and that is the impact on those left behind, mostly wives and mothers. Women were not in combat units during WWii, but for the most part, they were the ones left behind. The ones that we, and I was a combat Vet of Viet Nam, had a wife and child in the States. Sadly, there were many marriages that failed during that time. This film shows the best of the self sacrifice made by women married to men separated by an ocean and separation. She plays a perfect role as a wife who supports her husband with what we used as a motto "expect the unexpected. A leave canceled, a terrible assignment, the likelihood of death and dismemberment. In the film, the marriage and behavior of Kirk Douglas's character is too often the opposite of Prentiss's. John Wayne not only has time to become an Admiral but falls in love with Pat Oneal. showing middle age people can fall in love. And finally, the new love between Wayne's son, whom he has not seen for his entire life. For the son, he losses the young nurse he has just fallen in love. Representing another aspect of love during war, that being the short, sudden relationship, that often leads to marriage or relationship that is suddenly ended by the cost of war, not in wins, losses, or material damage, but the effect on ones remaining life.
In Harms Way
- Bobby Grindle
All of Hollywoods' major players must have been in this movie. One of the best.
John Waynes best role
This is not a war movie. This a movie about personal relationships. special effects are not good but the talent of the actors/director make up for this. A dark drama that all will enjoy.
in harm's way
- kevin sellers
With apologies to the previous reviewer this is not the greatest movie ever made, but it is one of the best Preminger movies ever made, which puts it in good company indeed. Like most of Preminger's later films it is a big, sprawling epic with multiple story lines that are well handled by screenwriter Wendell Mayes and plenty of action and a large cast, well handled by Preminger. Like all of this director's films from the 1950s and early 60s it pushes the sex envelope about as far as Hollywood, just before the late sixties breakout, would allow. The opening scene, featuring illicit lovers (the male played by an uncredited Hugh O' Brian) being woken up by Japanese bombers after spending the night together on a Hawaiian beach,( yes, it's the morning of Dec. 7) is a typical example. There is also a rape perpetrated by Kirk Douglas, who is always good when showing a darker side, and a surprisingly adult love affair between John Wayne, not known for this kind of thing but pulling it off effectively, and Patricia Neal, who is great as a hard drinking, tough, but tender navy nurse. About the only thing I didn't like was some of the mock battle scenes. I mean, special effects had certainly advanced by the time this movie was made past the point where the battle ships looked like toy boats in a tub! I also didn't care for Saul Bass' pretentious title sequence at the end. Give it an A minus.
- Keith Woodward
The Best Movie Ever Made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great Film from the Duke & Otto Preminger
I'm not a huge fan of John Wayne, but this is one of the great WWII films and he is remarkable in this film! So is Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal and just about everyone else in the film. I rarely rank films a full rating, this is one of them.
In Harms Way
- danny allen
one of the dukes best films!
In harms way
- Don B
definitely one of Wayne's best films
John Wayne Stars in All Star War Film
Otto Preminger directed this fine World War2 film starring John Wayne with a supporting cast of Kirk Douglas,Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon, Paula Prentiss, Brandon DeWilde, and Jill Haworth. Wayne is seen as a romantic star with a lovely side story of a romance with Patricia Neal. Excellent. Ms. Prentiss is gorgeous with her wonderful West Texas accent, and all the players do very well. For the record it appears that John Wayne got along very well with Otto Preminger who had a tyranical reputation. But then who would dare scold the Great John Wayne?
In Harm's Way
- Tom Holladay
A great WWII movie with a terrifc cast. John Wayne is his usual excellent self but Patricia Neal is absolutely great as his love interest. I love the fact that it is in black and white.
In harms way
This is the best movie John Wayne ever made!
Great John Wayne Navy Story
- David Atkins
John Wayne's name attached to a film always meant one would see a good movie. Paramount and Otto Preminger teamed up with a solid cast of professionals; John Wayne, Kirk Douglas,Patrician Neal, Tom Tryon and the gorgeous Texan Paula Prentiss. Preminger moves the story along well and captures the right military atmosphere both in battle scenes and on base. A fine cast of supporting players many members of the Preminger"stock company" give added thrust to this fine war movie.Otto Preminger was known as a screamer and usually targeted one cast member for his ire and on this film (and on Preminger'sformer film The Cardinal it was Thomas Tryon-a Preminger contract star). While very different Men it is said that John Wayne and Preminger got along fine.
A Superb Wartime Epic.
- Frank Harris Horn
Otto Preminger goes on location in Honolulu and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and in San Francisco and San Diego, California with John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Patricia Neal and an all-star cast to make this superb action-packed epic war drama based on the novel by James Bassett set during World War II. The Duke plays a U.S. Naval officer facing a court-martial following the attack on Pearl Harbor until Adm. Chester Nimitz (Fonda) appoints him as the commander of a Naval task force as part of a planned attack against the Japanese. Also starring Burgess Meredith, Paula Prentiss, Stanley Holloway, Dana Andrews, Patrick O'Neal, Jill Haworth, Carroll O'Connor, James Mitchum, George Kennedy, Bruce Cabot, Franchot Tone, Slim Pickens, Barbara Bouchet, Larry Hagman, Hugh O'Brian, Christopher George & Stewart Moss.
One Great Movie
- T Sneed
As an old retired Air Force NOMCOM This is oneof the greatest movies in my openion that Big John ever played in
One of the best Navy Action Movies.
Otto preminger had trouble getting 1940's era ships. john Wayne , Henery Fonda, Kirk Douglas made a strong movie presence. Shame they only made 2-3 movies together.
needed better ships
after watching this movie over 50 times the beginning with the music always set the tone for a great movie
Great Naval Film
Probably the one of the best movies out there to give the viewer an idea about life in the Navy during WW2. Many of the cast were in fact commissioned Naval Officers in WW2, including Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda. This movie toned down John Wayne's western image quite a bit. We got to see the other side of the hero in this one. They don't make em' like this one anymore.
In Harm's Way
Probably the best World War II movie John Wayne ever made and that is pretty hard to beat. With Kirk Douglas co-starring you can't get much better of a war movie. A lot of action and fantastic acting made this war movie a must see for any WWII buff.