Not just 'another' Duke WWII flick...
.I had been skirting around this film for a while, the idea of John Wayne and a dynamic Kirk Douglas mixing it up on screen keeping me a lil' leery, however I was not only surprised but very pleased with the overall film.
Preminger fought to get this film made the way he wanted (fighting the U.S. Government that is) but got his way. While many films of the period were shedding a new and unflattering light on behind the scenes doings of American wartime (be it World War II, Korea or the then rising tensions in Southeast Asia), this film approaches it with a twist upon the general idea of the war 'hero'.
The acting is on par for the names involved, the dialog nothing out of the norm but the characters are driven, troubled and wrapped in the tattered emotions of war. Sure, it drags in spots, but not nearly as bad as one might fear and keeps the pacing fair and completes the point of just who is 'In Harm's Way'.
Not quite WWII epic but no bathroom breaks.