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Never So Few est à la fois un bon film d'aventures 50s, avec un jeune Steve McQueen chien fou, un Frank Sinatra (qui arbore une magnifique barbichette) charismatique, un supporting cast de stars et à la fois une romance dramatique complètement ratée entre Sinatra et Gina Lollobrigida qui n'a rien à faire ici, si ce n'est de renforcer une durée déjà bien trop importante. Les scènes de guerre sont étrangement bien faites pour l'époque et John Sturges sait instaurer de l'épique avec ses décors incroyables et sa photographie incroyable. Il n'en demeure pas moins que Never So Few ne raconte pas assez de choses pour ses 2 heures et qu'on reste un peu sur sa faim.
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.
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.
I thought it was alright.
Could not watch the whole movie.
Based on Real-life story of OSS Detachment 101--Skip the "Romance" part & eventually, it works out!!
Overlong and remiss World War II action/romance film that never moves without a cliché for the stellar cast to kick around.
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.
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).
McQueen upstaged Sinatra.