Hell in the Pacific (1968)
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An American and Japanese soldier are marooned together on a remote Pacific island during World War II. Toshiro Mifune is alone at first until he discovers a raft on the tiny island on which he is stranded. Lee Marvin is the American soldier who soon discovers he is not alone. The two stealthily track each other through the thick foliage before they combine forces to build a raft on which to make their escape. Although enemies, the two form a bond of temporary friendship as they put aside differences long enough to drink and unwind from the pressures of war. The two help each other survive until the raft is constructed that will hopefully bring them to the safety of another island. They set sail on the craft, both uncertain that their escape from the island could lead to capture by enemy soldiers. … More
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Critic Reviews for Hell in the Pacific
Hell in the Pacific grapples with the arresting relationships of character, communication and survival, but succeeds only fitfully in dramatically projecting these elemental qualities.
The acting is acceptable but is as extravagant as the script, and Boorman's direction is repetitive and ponderous, beating that single antiwar theme to death long before the adversaries do.
Two WWII enemies face off, but then depend on each other. Fascinating Boorman.
Uneven but fascinating character study from John Boorman.
Audience Reviews for Hell in the Pacific
this is a solid film. with only two actors in the entire film performances needed to be great to carry the movie, i felt that marvins performance lacked a little but mifune more than made up for it. the dynamic of the characters was great and the decision to not use subtitles in order to give the audience the same feel of confision that the characters felt was a great one. really good movie.More
Pretty interesting film, with Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune, and THAT'S IT. They both end up on a desert island together during WWII. It's pretty much the war broken down to an atom -- an American and a Japanese guy. It reminded me a lot of Cast Away, in that there was very little dialogue, but it was still interesting to watch. With the exception of the abrupt ending, I enjoyed it.More
Highly disappointing, I'm not buying this as a classic. The only reason I watched this was for Mifune, but you never learn how they arrived or how long they've been on the island--you don't even learn their names. Lee Marvin is a bitch to Toshiro Mifune for some unknown reason, but Toshiro doesn't really have to exert himself this movie. I give it credit for the ending, though; it seems that every 60's adventure/scifi movie ends that way (La Jetee, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, etc). The last 20 minutes were more interesting than the entire first hour and a half, we finally start to humanize the story.More
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