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In October 1942, Vice Admiral William "Bull" Halsey assumes command of Allied forces in the South Pacific. His task is a daunting one - ground forces on Guadalcanal are close to being over-run and the US Navy is outnumbered by its Japanese counterpart. What follows is the most desperate period in the Pacific War, and a series of battles were vital to the outcome of the war.
A must-see for fans of WW2 history. A docu-drama told in great, meticulous detail. Probably too dry for someone not interested in or familiar with military history, but great for those that are. The movie gives a great insight into the dynamics of the Guadalcanal campaign, how close the US was to losing it and Halsey's part in the victory.
Not perfect though. There's no action scenes - even some stock footage of ships firing or planes in combat would have made the battles seem more real. While mostly very accurate, some liberties have been taken with history, e.g, the timing of the Battle of Cape Esperance vs the shooting down of Yamamato.
The Gallant Hours is a good film. It is about the life of Vice Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr. James Cagney and Dennis Weaver give decent performances. The script is a little slow in places. Robert Montgomery did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama.
Could have been a play. The sets were horrible. Very little filmed outside, so it came across as though it was done on a Hollywood back lot. Way back.
The film explores the psychology of the principle actors in the naval battle for Guadalcanal in late 1942, from both American and Japanese perspectives. It's not Tora x 3: battle sequences are experienced from inside the bunker, or in Bill Halsey's mind back at HQ while his friends are in the thick of it. One of the very best (& under-appreciated) WWII pics.
ok bio-pic and WWII pic post WWII
a much more cerebral movie than most WWII bio's. Cagney is Halsey as Fox was Charles. the focus is on the man and his circumstances with the combat as almost subliminal to the film. Robert Montgomery did a yeoman's job of work in directing this fine film.
Definitely a character study more than a recounting of the battle at Guadacanal
Slow paced Docu-Drama has Cagney in fine form. Stick with it if you can. On Blu-Ray.
We almost lost Guadalcanal ?!! If we lost the island then communication between the US and Austrailia would end. The war would be prolonged or worse.But luckly for us the Japs lost 4 aircraft carriers in the Battle of Wake Island. Adm Halsey saved the USA by a war of attrition at Guadalcanal against Adm Yamamoto. I think I would be speaking Japanese if it wasn't for him. The film primarily showed Adm Halsey at his best. And that was the only thing that counted in this film.
One of the last of the old school war films, which emphasized patriotism, teamwork, and sacrifice. This one had a strange but intriguing storytelling style, but the Japanese parts were screwed by the use of voice over narration instead of subtitles.