The Naked and the Dead (1958)



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Based on Norman Mailer's best-selling but controversial account of WW II life in the Pacific Rim, this gripping war drama is set upon a remote island where a small platoon is stationed. Most of the plot centers on the infighting between the men and the growing tension between the enlisted men and their officers, something that could destroy them.


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A flawed yet fascinating motion picture, one that traffics in gritty intensity yet also makes room for the expected concessions to convention and cliche.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A good, appropriately ape-like cast working through two hours and ten minutes to a moral and moderately happy ending that looks (when you compare it with the tone of the rest) unbearably contrived.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Waters down Norman Mailer's 721 page salty 1948 bestseller novel based on his own experiences during WW II in the South Pacific.

Jan 11, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Powerful anti war drama, with great landscape photography

May 28, 2005 | Full Review…

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