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The Naked and the Dead(1958)

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  • naked/dead

    • kevin sellers
    • 8/8/15

    It's not Mailer, but it's close. Actually, except for that cloyingly "upbeat" ending, where Cliff Robertson gives us a sermon on the nobility of man, it's pretty faithful to Mailer's dark, curdled war novel (for my dough, his best book, but this is a TCM blog, not Goodreads, so I'll shut up.) Raoul Walsh's direction is properly somber and menacing, as is Bernard Herrmann's score. And the acting is first rate. With the exception of L.Q. Jones and James Best, who overdo the Southern schtick, all cast members are good. Hell, even Joey Bishop is good! I particularly liked Aldo Ray's evil, misogynistic, racist sergeant, Raymond Massey's evil, Fascistic general (as bad as the enemy he's fighting) and Robert Gist's atheistic, eternally complaining foot soldier. And many of the scenes, like a soldier surviving battle only to die at the fangs of a little green snake, and the battle within the war between Massey's power crazed general and Robertson's humanistic lieutenant, manage to stay with you long after the film is over. Let's give it a B plus instead of an A minus for flubbing that ending. (Hollywood had to wait until after 'Nam and the advent of "Apocalypse" and "Platoon" to really plumb the depths of anti war sentiment.) P.S. That scene where woman hating Ray spits his drink in the face of the bar girl who is coming on to him is undoubtedly on a Donald Trump highlight reel.

  • The Naked And The Dead (1958)

    • tracey c. smith
    • 6/29/15

    06 29 2015"The Naked And The Dead" was fine and Cliff Robertson did a good job acting in "The Naked And The Dead."Tracey C. Smith

  • THE NAKED AND THE DEAD

    • sally
    • 9/25/12

    OK, ANOTHER ONE THAT SHOULD BE RELEASED ON DVD.

  • release

    • larry g lee
    • 8/4/11

    Please release, The naked and the dead w/aldo ray. a great movie. regardsPlease release, more of the audie murphy westerns. all of them are good.please respond, w/regards.

  • Classic war movie, Pacific theater.

    • B. Fitzpatrick
    • 9/11/09

    Excellent character study of men in war, albeit much abridged from Mailer's novel; Bernard Hermann's music score absolutely captivates with the blare, cadence and drone of battle and men at war on varied levels.

  • The Naked And The Dead

    • tracey c. smith
    • 10/1/08

    10 10 2008Cliff Robertson gives a good performance in "The Naked And The Dead" along with the other stars.The music score is fine.Tracey C. Smith

  • e n g r o s s i n g

    • robert oconnor
    • 6/30/08

    riveting movie about ww 2 and the personal inner conflicts of the men and officers who fought and died in the pacific you to will fight and experience the brutality that war brings watch this movie and get drafted into this war to fight and soldiers

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