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Operation Pacific Reviews

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February 5, 2016
Lightly entertaining John Wayne submarine drama.

The Pacific Theatre of WW2. Lt Commander Duke Gifford (played by John Wayne) is the Executive Officer of a US Navy submarine, the USS Thunderfish. The submarine fleet, incl the Thunderfish, is suffering from malfunctioning torpedoes. Meanwhile Commander Gifford is also trying to win back his ex-wife...

A stereotypical John Wayne movie, i.e. overly gung ho and not that accurate, militarily. Some quite unrealistic battle scenes. The relationship side is mildly interesting but also overly melodramatic and complex.

Not all bad though, as long as you don't think too much. The battle scenes are quite exciting and there are some insights into submarine life.
½ July 19, 2014
An average John Wayne war movie that offers a black and white picture of the Pacific conflict, not just in terms of cinematography. An unusually progressive/understanding view of divorce in it for its day however.
½ May 22, 2013
If you like submarines, this movie is for you.
February 23, 2013
Least-impressive John Wayne submarine movie
October 11, 2012
great war movie. what happened to these kind of movies? oh, yeah they already made them.
½ August 1, 2012
one of the better post WWII WWII movies
May 28, 2012
Watching as part of a John Wayne/Memorial Day film fest...I used to watch these movies with my dad and I still love them all!
May 26, 2012
The Duke plays the Duke. Mildly entertaining at best. Patricia Neal however, was quite good.
½ January 19, 2012
ok but easily forgettable ww2 film. Worth a watch if you're a fan of old war movies.
October 12, 2011
Another great Wayne movie! A submarine one to boot!
½ August 12, 2011
It's pretty uneven. The action/ war scenes are acceptable though unremarkable in their style. The romance, despite the enjoyable Patricia Neal, is fairly dull.
March 25, 2011
Solid, but cliched (if not downright corny).
December 22, 2010
Operation Pacific is your basic submarine film. There is nothing special about this one but it is well made. John Wayne and Patricia Neal give good performances. The script is decent enough. George Waggner did an okay job directing this movie. Operation Pacific is a tolerable motion picture.
December 21, 2010
Good Submarine action, though there are unnecessary subplots.
December 12, 2010
Good but not one of Wayne's best movies
½ May 28, 2010
Genuinely exciting John Wayne submarine movie. One of the best I've watched recently.
March 6, 2010
This reminds me of all the Silent Service facts of the Pacific; especially Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific.
½ December 7, 2009
Disappointingly shallow (no pun intended) submarine movie. It focuses one dimensionally on heroism and a love affair without any added depth.
December 5, 2009
wow 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 throughout this movie...i think that ward bond, scott forbes, philip carey, martin milner, patricia neal, paul picemi, kathryn givney, john wayne, cliff clark play good roles/parts throughout this movie...i think that the director of this drama/comedy/romance/action/adventure movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.....i think that the fight scenes n the gun shoot outs were pretty kewl throughout this movie...i think that this is a good war movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie
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