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The Naked and the Dead (1958)

Approved | | Drama, War | 28 October 1958 (Japan)
Set during the Pacific War against the Japanese, this WW2 drama discerns between achieving one's mission at any cost versus preserving the lives under one's command and enforcing discipline through fear as opposed to mutual respect.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Denis Sanders (screenplay), Terry Sanders (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aldo Ray ... Sgt. Sam Croft
Cliff Robertson ... Lt. Robert Hearn
Raymond Massey ... Gen. Cummings
Lili St. Cyr ... Willa Mae aka Lily
Barbara Nichols ... Mildred Croft
William Campbell ... Brown
Richard Jaeckel ... Gallagher
James Best ... Rhidges
Joey Bishop ... Roth
Jerry Paris ... Goldstein
Robert Gist ... Red
L.Q. Jones ... Woodrow 'Woody' Wilson
Max Showalter ... Col. Dalleson (as Casey Adams)
John Beradino ... Capt. Mantelli (as John Berardino)
Edward McNally Edward McNally ... Cohn
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Storyline

In the Pacific during World War 2, the officers live a comfortable life with good food, good drink and good quarters. To them, war is a game which they know they will win and the common soldiers are the pawns on the board. When the campaign slows down, the Commander sends a squad to the top of a mountain behind enemy lines to report on the Japanese troop movements. The squad is commanded by a tough cynical Sergeant who takes no prisoners and even takes the gold from the teeth of the enemy dead. Before the mission starts, the lieutenant, who has had a cushy job due to a life of wealth and privilege, criticizes the Commander over his attitude towards the common soldier and is re-assigned to lead the squad. The veteran Sergeant wants to complete this mission as ordered, and he will do everything he can do to see that it is successful. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

The bigness and the boldness of the Naked and the Dead.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morte Tem Seu Preço See more »

Filming Locations:

Panama

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Norman Mailer, the author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed novel on which the film is based, was reported to have said it was the worst movie he had ever seen after viewing the film. See more »

Goofs

The tanks shown are M-26 Pershings, a tank that didn't come into use until the last months of the war, and never deployed in the island war of the Pacific theater. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Cummings: And this is the kind of thing that backs right up to Washington. You can imagine the conversations going on. "What's happening out there?" "What's holding them up?" "What are they doing?" But do we have any air support? No! They switched priorities on us. We're the only division in combat at the moment that doesn't have dependable air support. In the past week, we have advanced a grand total of 400 yards. Time has run out gentlemen. No doubt the troops would be happier with another general in ...
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Referenced in Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

It Had to Be You
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Played during Lt. Hearn's dream sequence
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Unbelievably Bad Film of Great Mailer Novel
28 March 2005 | by Dan1863SicklesSee all my reviews

I saw this movie after reading the book and my jaw was on the floor after about the first five minutes. They made a tough, subversive book into the most lame, formulaic, boring action movie ever! Every fuggin guy in the fuggin squad gets changed from an all right guy to some kind of fuggin robot.

HEARN -- in the book he's tough as hell, a Harvard football star and intellectual cynic with high society education who's used to fighting back and challenging authority. In this movie he's like Andy Hardy half the time, going "gee, General Cummings, let me just shake your hand!"

CROFT -- in the book he's ice, a stone killer like Tom Berenger in PLATOON (really just a hippie flavored remake of Mailer's book.) In the movie he actually gets weepy in front of the men of recon crying over his wife Janey! The real Croft would have shot himself first.

GALLAGHER -- in the book he's an ugly, stupid, cowardly anti-Semite who hates Jews and behaves like an Archie Bunker prototype. In the movie he's just a clean-cut guy with a pregnant wife.

BROWN, Wilson, MARTINEZ, ROTH -- in the book they all have rich pasts, complex characters, and they make believable soldiers and human beings. In the movie you can hardly tell one from another.

I cannot believe Hollywood did this to Mailer. I cannot believe Mailer let them do it! James Jones wasn't half the writer Mailer was, but FROM HERE TO ETERNITY looks like Shakespeare compared to this. Maybe the lesser books always make the best movies!


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