Go for Broke! (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

Go for Broke! (1951)

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In this World War II drama, Lieutenant Michael Grayson (Van Johnson) must overcome his prejudice when he is assigned to lead the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a group made up almost entirely of Japanese-American soldiers. Making it through their basic training, Grayson and his regiment are sent off to Europe, where they work together to distinguish themselves in battle.

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Cast

Van Johnson
as Lt. Michael Grayson
Warner Anderson
as Col. Charles W. Pence
Don Haggerty
as Sgt. Wilson I. Culley
Dan Riss
as Capt. Solari
Hugh Beaumont
as Chaplain
Walter Reed
as Captain
Frank Wilcox
as General
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Critic Reviews for Go for Broke!

All Critics (4)

... sensitively and intimately directed and written by Robert Pirosh.

Full Review… | August 23, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Go for Broke!

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While the first third of the film is impressive and tolerable, the rest is nothing but fluff and troops duing Hawiian hoola dances. The unit calls itself: Buddha-heads. A less than impressive film about a very historically famous unit. Its such a shame a better film was not made. [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRKjVSlCB-X3A7pfh9xWxPwgcSPg63ycfTx0RqsE4-E2g2-wh33[/img] The film dramatizes the real-life story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which was composed of Nisei, second-generation Americans born of Japanese parents. Fighting in the European theater during World War II, this unit became the most heavily decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of the United States Army. As well as one of the units with the highest casualty rates. 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Horribly miscast is Van Johnson, who not only wants no part of the film in his role, but so it seems in reality! His disdain for having the role as platoon lietenant is not just an acting role, it shows he really hates dealing with Japanese American soldiers. (understandable though, it was a only 5 years after the war). [img]http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRRYnIxhRk-1TpMYdgESXNCBArmhe9kFYRXuhs_R7nFXxyH3GVWsg[/img] Late in the film Van Johnson comes round to defending and even desiring his role in the Jap combat unit. He gets into a big fight about it too. This is SO big a turn in his usual role in the film. It is terribly unrealistic. [img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTxe4_oMwGXQWHs2LFXNbrX87NkULP_Yl9YRH_KtOe6FadlPsaw9Q[/img] The cast of these Japanese-Americans is most awkwardly acted. They use a bunch of American GI cliches. Some look like Philappinos. Its really pathetic to watch past the first third, although quaint in the first third. The battle scenes are few but realistic. [img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQVPA9mdiDH8BfTrjaJS_fE_sivOtAgQePqWUlLPKga_DqreO4dYA[/img] Finally, the worst part of the entire film is that these asian heritage troops are used for the European theatre of combat. While based on fact, for a movie its such a joke. Where they could have done the best good in the asian theatre (where the unit wants to be), instead they fight against German troops. While true, it is so much a contrast it becomes laughable. Oh yes, the Go For Broke title is rather a new slang for the time. The Japanese seargent's explaination is that it means: "Shoot the Works" or some such (then) more common phrase. A soldier intercepts German communications and starts talking Japanese. The Germans are dumbfounded! Its hillarious. [img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_6_AAjeD4XTE/SVG6OV8Mn6I/AAAAAAAAAEs/tmxZFNeZ3Zw/s320/lanenakano.jpg[/img] Really, the whole film is shameless. (I could be flat dead wrong about this, but thats the way it looked to me). To portray the real Japanese American unit, that fought so bravely in the war, as a bunch of song singing, happy U.S. GI's is hogwash. But then, thats what sold for a movie at the time. We should know something about that! SEE the entire film here: http://www.archive.org/details/Go_for_Broke NOTES about the film: 1 This film is a Hollywood rarity which features Asian Americans in a positive light, highlighting the wartime efforts of Japanese Americans on behalf of their country even while that same country interned their families in camps. 2 The climax of the movie comes with the "Buddha-heads'" famous rescue of the "Lost Battalion," after the 36th is surrounded by the German army. Then comes their return home, and the award of the eighth Presidential Unit Citation. 3 Several members of the cast were used as actors. While laudible, the problem is they come off as B actors, which of course they are. [img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6_AAjeD4XTE/SVG8oRbb_rI/AAAAAAAAAE0/OYr1_rNblx0/s1600/go-for-broke-van-johnson.jpg[/img] AWARDS: The story and screenplay by Robert Pirosh were nominated for an Academy Award in 1951. Cast Van Johnson as Lieutenant Michael Grayson Lane Nakano as Sam George Miki as Chick Akira Fukunaga as Frank Ken K. Okamoto as Kaz Henry Oyasato as Takashi Ohhara Harry Hamada as Masami Henry Nakamura as Tommy Kamakura] Warner Anderson as Colonel Charles W. Pence Don Haggerty as Sergeant Wilson I. Culley Gianna Maria Canale as Rosina Dan Riss as Captain Solari These actors were actual veterans of the 442nd. This movie is part of the collection: Feature Films Director: Robert Pirosh Producer: Dore Schary Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Sponsor: k-otic.com Audio/Visual: sound, black & white

monsieur rick
monsieur rick
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Starring Van Johnson along with a handful of WW II vets, this film looks like your average war film. It follows this group of soldiers from their initial training all the way to deployment. Then, we follow their exploits in Italy and France that coincide with their everyday interactions. However, this film is very significant because it actually tells the story of Japanese Americans in the 442nd infantry unity. They not only faced the enemy on the battlefield, they also had to deal with a great deal of prejudice within the armed forces. However, as with the example of Van Johnson, the Budha-Heads were able to win respect because of their courageous fighting. In the climatic moments of the film these men save a lost division and then return home as heroes. Since I am half-Japanese it was exciting for me to come across this film because this kind of topic has not been covered often. The fact that it actually had Nisei actors and was made quite soon after the war is also amazing.

Four Star Film Fan
Four Star Film Fan

Watched this in class. It was pretty good. Loved how it depicted racism during the Second World War. Great story, too.

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