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November 15, 2016
Yet another war film for Frank. This was his sole theatrical directorial effort.
August 28, 2016
Not bad Sunday afternoon fare. American soldiers are shot down on an island inhabited by the Japanese during WWII. They get to know each other and become friends, but then have to go back to killing each other to get off the island. Thus proving the futility of war.
January 22, 2016
None but the Brave is an excellent film. It is about a platoon of Marines crash-lands on a tiny Pacific island occupied by a Japanese unit during WW2. Frank Sinatra and Clint Walker give incredible performances. The screenplay is good but a little slow in places. Frank Sinatra did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. None but the Brave is a must see.
December 10, 2015
Tommy Sands...Riding high in April, shot down in May!
Movie Rating 0-1/3
April 12, 2015
ok WWII pic post WWII
February 27, 2013
Sinatra directs this Laid back WWII movie. The film is a little silly for a war movie. however, it does have it's moments. Teaches a lesson in the duality of man.
August 24, 2012
only the dead has seen the end of war ..plato
½ March 17, 2012
Generic war film with too much chewing of scenery by actors.
October 22, 2010
The co-production between an American studio--Warner Brothers--and a Japanese studio--Toho--exemplified not only director Frank Sinatra's liberal attitude but also a major World War II film that presents the Japanese in a sympathetic light. Indeed, "None But the Brave" qualifies as an anti-war film largely because two groups of opposing soldiers find themselves marooned on an uncharted Pacific island and wind up have to live with each other to survive. Three years later director John Boorman made a similar World War II feature with Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune called "Hell in the Pacific." "Parachute Battalion"
scenarist John Twist and "Attack Squadron!" scribe Katsuya Susaki based their script on Kikumaru Okuda's story. They filter this politically correct saga through the diary of the Japanese officer commanding the troops on the island. Initially, the Japanese and the Americans are at each other's throats until they call a truce. No sooner has the tension between the two armies dwindled than they play a game of deception to mislead each other about their respective strengths. Mind you, this was the only feature film that Sinatra made. Although Sinatra received top billing, Clint Walker and Tatsuya Mihashi are the leads commanding the soldiers. Sinatra casts himself as a liquor guzzling medic and Tommy Sands has the best role in terms of character arc. He is the only person in the action who changes his mind. He goes from being a die-hard, kill-all-Japs lieutenant in the Marine Corps to a soldier reluctant to kill his mortal foe because he likes them. Meanwhile, Walker and Mihashi have the most developed, flesh-and-blood characters, even though they don't change.

Lieutenant Kuroki (Tatsuya Mihashi) feels that the war has left his men and he behind as they soldier on a forgotten island in the Solomon Islands because they have lost contact with their own forces and nobody has come to relieve them. Lt. Kuroki writes about their tribulations in a diary to his wife. Kuroki's second-in-command, combat veteran Sgt. Tamura (Takeshi Katô) has little respect for him because Kuroki hasn't seen as much action as he has. Nevertheless, Kuroki maintains a firm grip on his command. He has ordered his men to construct a boat so they can leave the island. A storm destroyed their radio so they cannot contact outside help. One day a Japanese Zero fighter plane tangles with a Navy fighter escorting a C-47 transport plane. The Zero shoots down the C-47, but both planes knock each other out of the sky. Captain Dennis Bourke (Clint Walker of "Gold of the Seven Saints") manages to crash land the two-engine cargo plane on the beach. He is transporting a squad of Marines and a chief Pharmacist Mate, Francis (Frank Sinatra of "From Here to Eternity") when the plane crashes. Among the Marines is a hot-shot, gung-ho lieutenant, Lieutenant Blair (Tommy Sands of "Ensign Pulver"), who thinks that he is in command until Captain Bourke informs him that he is in command. Blair has about as much respect for Bourke as Sgt. Tamura has for Lt. Kuroki. The two armies square off against each other in a game of cat and mouse until Kuroki offers a truce to Bourke. Since the Americans are starving and Kuroki has a seriously wounded soldier, the Japanese commander approaches Bourke with an offer to share food if Bourke will let Francis tend to his soldier. Of course, Francis hasn't amputated a leg before he lays eyes on the Japanese soldier who will die from gangrene until Francis cuts off his leg. The two commanders cleverly try to deceive each other as to their strength. Eventually, they give up the pretense and share the island in harmony until Bourke's radio man, Air Crewman Keller (Tony Bill of "Come Blow Your Horn"), repairs the damaged transmitter and establishes contact with the U.S. Navy. Up until this time the two armies have lived in harmony, but when a Navy destroyer shows up, the soldier dispense with the truce and resume war as usual.

Oddly, Sinatra doesn't appear in every scene and his role is more of a supporting character than a lead. Virile Clint Walker is well-cast as the captain. The special effects look good except for a fake mountain in the Japanese back story scene. Nevertheless, this is a thoughtful and provocative drama that doesn't pull any punches. "None But the Brave" was lensed on location in Hawaii. Future "Star Wars" composer Johnny Williams provided the orchestral score.
September 9, 2010
April 29, 2010
well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch......its got a good cast of actors/actressess thorughout this movie...i think that brad dexter, christopher dark, clint walker, kenji sahara, homare suguro, frank sinatra, mashahiko tanimura, takeshi kato, tatsuya mihashi play good roles/parts throughout this movie.....i think that frank sinatra/brad dexter were great thorughout this movie......i think that the director of this drama/thriller movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.....i think that this is a great thriller movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie
December 4, 2009
Not too bad World War II drama. Frank Sinatra's performance is lacking sincerity, but the rest of the cast does a good job. Good story, but a little predictable. Well produced, good cinematography.
½ November 28, 2009
A great and realistic Anti-War Movie which is settled on a Island where a few Americans and Japanese fight each other but then declare a Ceasefire but ive it hold? A great Lesson about the Absurdity of War, that it can't be a Winner, that Both Sides are extremly similar just on different Ways another Advantage is that the Japanese talk Japanese together also a great Part of Frank Sinatra and a great Score
October 31, 2009
I have looked for this movie everywhere it's been years since I've seen it
July 13, 2009
I enjoyed this, it showed how the fighting was pointless and stupid, especially at the end
½ July 7, 2008
good story line...sad at the end
½ June 8, 2008
The budget was definately economy. Sinatra was the producer, director and had a starring role in the film as well. He wasnt John Ford as a director but the performances of the film keep the low budget quality in check. The message of the film in my opinion was ahead of its time in the sense that it was released during the Vietnam era of US military activity. Certainly not the first anti war film but not the worst either.
May 28, 2008
Una muy interesante pelicula de guerra dirigida y protagonizada por Sinatra, quien aunque cantaba mas de lo que actuaba o dirigia, logra conmover y entregar una historia de unos soldados japoneses naufragos en una isla que enfrentan a este peloton de norteamericanos que se estrellan en su C-47. Es un buen clasico del cine.
October 25, 2007
Like the ending says...In war no one wins. How true that is!
September 26, 2007
Incredible film.

Anti war? Too right. Shows just how stupid war really is.
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