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A Quality of Mercy 

Hot shot new Lieutanant Katell tries to make his mark on the last day of World War II in the Pacific and gets a unique perspective on his actions.

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On August 6, 1945 - the last day of World War II - a forward platoon acting as artillery spotters get an eager and aggressive Lieutenant Katell. The artillery has been unable to dislodge a Japanese unit from a cave and Katell decides that the unit is going to attack. He suddenly finds himself in 1942 however, leading a Japanese unit that is about to attack Americans who are holed up in a cave. He looks into a mirror of sorts when his Japanese superior orders destroy the American stronghold. When he flashes back to 1945, he has second thoughts about the attack. Written by garykmcd

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29 December 1961 (USA)  »

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The title refers to a quote from William Shakespeare's play 'The Merchant of Venice': "The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven." See more »

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Shortly after the perspective shifts to the Japanese one, the camera zooms in on an ammunition box. The casings around it are blanks. You can tell by the crimped ends with no projectile. See more »

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[opening narration]
Narrator: It's August 1945, the last grimy pages of a dirty, torn book of war. The place is the Philippine Islands. The men are what's left of a platoon of American Infantry, whose dulled and tired eyes set deep in dulled and tired faces can now look toward a miracle, that moment when the nightmare appears to be coming to an end. But they've got one more battle to fight, and in a moment, we'll observe that battle. August 1945, Philippine Islands - but in reality, it's high noon - in ...
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Switching Sides
28 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Dean Stockwell stars as Lt. Katell, fresh to the battlefield and eager to take command of what remains of an American artillery unit in the Philippine islands on August 6, 1945 in the last days of World War II. The men(played by Albert Salmi, Leonard Nimoy, among others) are tired and fed up, but have no choice but obey the order to attack a well-defended cave where a group of Japanese soldiers are holed up. Fate takes an interesting turn when the Lt. finds himself now a Japanese Lt. named Yamuri, ordered to attack a cave where the Americans are holed up...What will he do in this inexplicable situation? Morality play works reasonably well, though of course viewer may wonder just how merciful one should be when fighting an aggressive enemy...


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