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December 22, 2010
3 men's lives with tortured pasts come together to save lives at sea. We see their pasts in flashbacks. A real surprise, this film gets better and ends better than it begins.

It just doesn't get any better than this with actors like Yul Brynner, Richard Widmark and the lessor known (today)but then celebrity George Chakiris. The camera work and sets are the main faults with this 1964 aviation/romance suspense movie. Tense and at times emotional drama about men against nature, themselves, each other, their past.

Flashbacks go into the lives of the three principal actors. We learn of their former lives and gives us great insight as to where they have come from. An unusual way to tell a story, it is rather fascinating.

The movie starts with a flashback of an Air Force rescue mission that results in killing the people they aim to save. Actor George Chakiris is haunted by the memory. His superior and now co-pilot Richard Widmark go on a second errand of mercy in the stormy icy seas. George can only sweat and think of the first disastorous mission with Widmark.

While terribly TV like made, pretty low budget filming and lousy camera work..... the stars make this one work better than it should ever hoped. Bald headed Brenner looks like a strange guy in Air Force uniform.

Richard Widmark plays a very pragmatic, no chance taking officer that is willing to leave people behind to die. Anyone else is more charitable and tortured by memories.

A U.S./Japanese co production. Three sea-rescue men (Yul Brynner, George Chakiris, Richard Widmark) must overcome their fears, differences and hatreds as they undertake the dangerous rescue of raft-bound Japanese on storm-tossed seas.

This is mostly a Richard Widmark star film (Matt the Hat take notice). As always, he delivers as the true movie legend we should all remember. Yul Breynner gets a chance to act as well, mostly in his flashback love affair.

Directed by Michael Anderson
Produced by Harold Hecht
Written by Elliott Arnold
Waldo Salt


Yul Brynner
Richard Widmark
George Chakiris
Suzy Parker
Shirley Knight
Daničle Gaubert
Eiko Taki
Joseph Di Reda
Mitsuhiro Sugiyama
E.S. Ince
Andrew Hughes

Music by Frank Cordell
Cinematography Joseph MacDonald, ASC
Burnett Guffey, ASC

Editing by Gordon Pilkington
Studio Daei

Harold Hecht Films
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) March 25, 1964 (U.S. release)

Running time 100 mins.
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