None But the Brave

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"The brave are never different - only different looking!"
  • Approved
  • 1965
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 6.4  (2,122)

None But the Brave is a 1965 war drama film directed by Frank Sinatra, who also starred in the movie. The movie is set during World War II and chronicles the events of a group of American and Japanese soldiers stuck on an isolated Pacific island. The plot revolves around a Japanese and American unit who both happen to land on the same island at the same time. The two parties find themselves stranded on this island with no way off it. Sinatra plays the head of the American unit, named Lieutenant Blair, and Tatsuya Mihashi plays Captain Nagai, the leader of the Japanese unit. From the outset, both factions are suspicious of each other and hostile, especially given the fact that they are supposed to be sworn enemies actively engaged in a brutal war.

Despite the animosity between the two opposing forces, Blair and Nagai are forced to set aside their differences when their respective radios fail, leaving the stranded soldiers with no means of communication with their higher-ups. Cunningly, Blair and Nagai come up with a plan to restore peace and work together to maintain their mutual survival, as their lives were on the line on this desolate island.

As the different cultures and backgrounds of the two groups collide, tensions begin to rise. Language barriers, hostilities, and lack of common ground make the going tough. On the American's side, we see characters such as Sgt. Bleeker, played by Clint Walker, whose huge and rugged physique affirms his authority among the ranks. The soldiers under his command see him as the backbone of the team, given his experiences with guerrilla fighting, his leadership, and being an expert in survival.

Meanwhile, the Japanese team reflects a lot of the cultural values and mannerisms that typify the country's warriors. They embody discipline, obedience, and service to their commander above all. In This way, the movie reflects the different modes of warfare approached by both countries during the time of the war.

Throughout the movie, we get to see the soldiers come together amidst seemingly impossible odds; without food, water, or a way to escape from the island, the survival of the soldiers hinges on their ability to work together to develop a strategy. As the intensity of the situation increases, we see the characters' different personalities and allegiances come to the forefront, especially with the threat of the outside world's arrival. The relationship between Blair and Nagai becomes marked by their wary reluctance, each knowing that they owe it to their country and their fellow soldiers to maintain their allegiance.

The action sequences are superbly crafted, particularly when the island is under fire. The movie's gritty nature deftly captures the impact of war and the challenge of maintaining order and composure in times of extreme adversity. The movie's score is also prudent in relaying the emotions of the moment, heightening the drama and facilitating the impact of the story.

In conclusion, None But the Brave is a fantastic movie containing a lot of beautifully shot scenes, a fantastic display of the quality of camaraderie that can exist in even the most challenging of situations, and a revealing account of what life was like for soldiers during the Second World War. It’s a classic tale of cultures colliding amidst an impossible landscape, a thrilling story that is sure to leave you mesmerized.

None But the Brave is a 1965 war movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 46 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.

None But the Brave
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    1 hr 46 min
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    6.4  (2,122)