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Never So Few Reviews

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November 15, 2016
Another war outing with Frank.
½ January 31, 2015
McQueen upstaged Sinatra.
½ January 21, 2014
Not well written or directed. I however am often taken in with obscure war stories based in exotic locations such as this in Burma. It has some good moments as well with a great cast. Mcqueens driving stunts always seem to be snuck in. Then to have dean, Bronson, Henreid and Gina to support Sinatra is just great. Gina was exotic and beautiful.
½ August 10, 2013
Never So Few is a decent film. It is about Captain Tom Reynolds and his band of skilled O.S.S. operatives who are in WWII Burma to train the Kachin natives in modern warfare. Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. John Sturges did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama.
½ July 3, 2013
I thought it was alright.
½ February 19, 2013
Could not watch the whole movie.
February 10, 2013
Based on Real-life story of OSS Detachment 101--Skip the "Romance" part & eventually, it works out!!
½ December 17, 2012
Overlong and remiss World War II action/romance film that never moves without a cliché for the stellar cast to kick around.
½ April 4, 2012
Where to begin with this? I've never really rated Frank Sinatra as an actor but here he is truly ghastly and delivers lines so awful and so lacking in passion as to be cringe worthy. indeed, the script writer seems to have assumed that the lead role would be taken by John Wayne as they are more suited to a cheesy Western starring The Duke. This movie doesn't seem to know whether it is a war movie, love story or travelogue but whatever it is, it lacks the tension, seduction or visual allure required. I think Steve McQueen is meant to provide a little comedy relief but he's just not funny and uncharacteristically lacks any charisma at all. Gina Lollobrigida is poured into a variety of frocks without raising so much as a bead of sweat despite being corseted to the hilt in the stultifying heat of the South East Asian setting and she conveys all the personality of a shop mannequin. It totally lacks realism or credibility and seems to be made up of a variety of unrelated scenes that were edited together as an after thought. Very poor indeed.
½ March 29, 2012
Captain Tom Reynolds (Frank Sinatra) and British Captain Danny De Mortimer (Richard Johnson) and their band of skilled O.S.S. operatives including Corporal Bill Ringa (Steve McQueen), Captain Grey Travis (Peter Lawford), Sgt. John Danforth (Charles Bronson) and Sgt. Jim Norby (Dean Jones) are located in Burma during WWII to train the Kachin natives in modern warfare. But jungle combat, particularly against a Japanese army as familiar with the terrain as the Kachin, is more grueling than Reynolds had reckoned. Some respite is found in the arms of beautiful Carla Vesari (Gina Lollobrigida), but after Chinese rebels cross the border to loot and murder American soldiers, Reynolds abandons all notions of "military protocol" and seeks requital.

I have not seen this movie before, and with the presence of both Sinatra and McQueen it was quite logic for me to get hold of this WWII movie. This movie is based on the real-life story of World War II's OSS Detachment 101. An OSS Operations Group designed to specialize in activities in the China-Burma-India region in collaboration with the Kachin Rangers and other Allied special operations units. "Never So Few" was praised for its action sequences, but criticized for a romantic sub-plot that bogged the film down. Which is pretty much my point of view as well. The balance between the backdrop of WWII and the romantic structure does not really work. It becomes almost like two movies in one. It is however always a thrill to see Steve McQueen getting into character. He steals most scenes he is in, as he did in many other movies. In subtle ways. In "Never So Few" he carries a classic WWII machinegun, but of course without the wooden shoulderhandle and with another magazine taped to the other one. Small things that makes his character Ringa stand out. Love that. The director John Sturges went on and made two of the best movies of the 60s, "The Magnificent Seven" (1960) and "The Great Escape" (1963).
April 15, 2011
Love seeing lesser known vintage movies. So non-PC. Women are submissive trophies for lusty heroes, natives are expendable cannon fodder for enemy bullets. You also get to see budding stars in their second-billing years, like Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson. Interesting that this movie was directed by John Sturges who made the Magnificent Seven a year later, launching these two actors to stardom.
December 4, 2010
A scene-stealing Steve McQueen and solid war action from director John Sturges are some of the highlights of this Sinatra actioner that is undone by the romance subplot. The look of the film is an impressive mix of exotic and eye-catching locales and wonderful sets, including some great jungle ones. The Lollabrigda scenes with Sinatra have no spark at all and just serve to slow the movie down.
December 4, 2010
A scene-stealing Steve McQueen and solid war action from director John Sturges are some of the highlights of this Sinatra actioner that is undone by the romance subplot. The look of the film is an impressive mix of exotic and eye-catching locales and wonderful sets, including some great jungle ones. The Lollabrigda scenes with Sinatra have no spark at all and just serve to slow the movie down.
November 25, 2010
A scene-stealing Steve McQueen and solid war action from director John Sturges are some of the highlights of this Sinatra actioner that is undone by the romance subplot. The look of the film is an impressive mix of exotic and eye-catching locales and wonderful sets, including some great jungle ones. The Lollabrigda scenes with Sinatra have no spark at all and just serve to slow the movie down.
October 4, 2010
I thought Frank Sinatra wasn't that gangsta in this movie.. McQueen stole the show with that one scene beating the shit out of those MPs and driving off like it was nothing, that was much more gangsta than leaving your wife with a kid on the way for some gold digging whore from Burma, shit, I can't even place Burma on a map in my head right now.. near China and Vietnam maybe? who really cares ..
½ April 18, 2010
Flag-waving war drama without a lot of fighting. It's a little more complicated than just 'A' killing 'B' and it also feels bit far-fetched. Sinitra's character is complicated but he expresses the emotions of him well. McQueen and Bronson are not too prominent but they are interesting to see in supporting roles as oppose to leads.
April 16, 2010
A bit of a dry run for John Sturges and Steve McQueen (and Charles Bronson for that matter) before they collaborated on the classics The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape. It was a huge stroke of luck for McQueen that he got the role of Corporal Ringa after star Frank Sinatra wielded his power and took it away from Sammy Davis Jr after briefly falling out with his Rat Pack cohort. McQueen gives by far the best performance in an okay war film plighted by a meandering romantic subplot.
October 12, 2009
Steve McQueen's first movie. Great film.
September 17, 2009
Good file. Interesting view on a part of WW II that does not get much exposure. Also watch out for the juxtapositioning of quite serious war crimes (torture and mass prisoner execution) with big screen romance!
September 5, 2009
Hate to do this to Sturges & McQueen, but the pacing is horrible. Cut out 20 mins of love story, you got a decent flick.
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