In Harm's Way Reviews
(1965) In Harm's Way
Another side of the Pearl Harbour attack the Japanese started during WWII which restricts many action set pieces to toy model war ships. More than 2 hours in length starring John Wayne as Captain Rockwell 'Rock' Torrey who gets reprimanded as a result of an injury. He decides to subject that time to spend time in seeing his estranged son who conveniently enlisted into the army as well. He then hooks up with a veteran war nurse Lieutenant Maggie Haynes (Patricia Neal) and while recovering he gets to come back only to overcome many army protocals to make things right. And during this, his right hand man, Commander Paul Eddington played by Kirk Dougalas also had to overcome his own personal demons once learning that his wife has been accidently killed by his so called army men. As forementioned the end battle has toy model war ships attacking each other without a fighter plane in sight is the most cheesiest thing I had ever saw since Roger Cormon started amking movies. Despite some other notable performances, the cast also includes Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Carroll O'Connor, Burgess Meredith and Paula Prentiss it still wasn't efficient enough to save this film.
2 out of 4
The plot is easily understood and actually quite realistic in the way that the events unfold.
There are official denials, but I do believe it was modeled on The Battle of the Philippine Sea as the Allies island hopped across the Pacific.
This is a classic movie and deserves all the accolades it can get.
.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.
Ensign Jere Torrey: To see a nurse.
Captain Rockwell Torrey: It looks like we have something in common after all.
Ensign Jere Torrey: I'm just a chip off the old block, sir!