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In Harm's Way (1965)

Approved | | Drama, War | 6 April 1965 (USA)
A Naval officer, reprimanded after Pearl Harbor, is later promoted to Rear Admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Wendell Mayes (screenplay), James Bassett (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Rock
Kirk Douglas ... Eddington
Patricia Neal ... Maggie
Tom Tryon ... Mac
Paula Prentiss ... Bev
Brandon De Wilde ... Jere
Jill Haworth ... Annalee
Dana Andrews ... Admiral Broderick
Stanley Holloway ... Clayton Canfil
Burgess Meredith ... Commander Egan Powell
Franchot Tone ... CINCPAC I
Patrick O'Neal ... Commander Neal Owynn
Carroll O'Connor ... Lt. Commander Burke
Slim Pickens ... C.P.O. Culpepper
James Mitchum ... Ensign Griggs
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Storyline

On patrol the morning of December 7th while commanding a cruiser Captain Torrey receives word of the attack on Pearl Harbor. His orders are to find the Japanese force and attack it. The picture tells the story of three families during the outbreak of World War II. Written by michaeloshey

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Stripped of everything - they lived and loved and fought as if there were no tomorrow... See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 April 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Erster Sieg See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,200,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Fonda, who portrayed the second Commander-in-Chief-Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC II), was a Naval veteran of World War II who served in the Pacific Theater. After making The Ox-Bow Incident (1942), Fonda enlisted in the Navy to fight in World War II, saying, "I don't want to be in a fake war in a studio." He served in the Navy for three years, first as a Quartermaster 3rd Class on the destroyer U.S.S. Satterlee, then secondly, after receiving a commission as Lieutenant (junior grade) (O-2), in Air Combat Intelligence. For his service, he received the Bronze Star, the fourth highest award for bravery or meritorious service in conflict with the enemy. Fonda reprised the role of CINCPAC in the docudrama Midway (1976), where the character was identified as Admiral Chester Nimitz. See more »

Goofs

When Capt. Torrey walks Eddington from the brig to the duty launch, a boom mic shadow is very clearly seen on Kirk Douglas and the background behind him. See more »

Quotes

Ensign Jere Torrey: [Jere isn't enjoying the meeting with his father] Sir, Why did you come here?
Captain Rockwell Torrey: Let's just say I did, and leave it at that.
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Alternate Versions

Videotape version is shorter than theatrical version televised on A&E. Battle footage at end of film shorter on video. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Making of a Movie (1965) See more »

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Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
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Written by Charles Tobias, Lew Brown, and Sam H. Stept
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the rock
14 September 2011 | by jhkpSee all my reviews

One thing I think this film captures is the real toll war takes on human relationships. It's more somber than the usual Hollywood war film. The leading characters spend the film doing their duty to the best of their ability. They aren't even thinking about the future a lot of the time. There doesn't seem to be a future, only the grim present. While I've seen the story referred to here as "melodrama," it seems to be pretty close to real life.

Wayne plays his part beautifully. His conversations with his estranged son, his relationship with the nurse (played sensationally by Patricia Neal) - he really is a "rock." A fine man, who seems to be bearing the weight of the whole war on his shoulders, at times.

The cinematography is spectacular, overall. It's been a long time since I saw the film but I'll never forget the shot of San Francisco, with Paula Prentiss. There is so much expressed in that shot.

The deliberateness of the pacing is, to me, very effective. War is not an adventure, it's just doing a job, in very difficult circumstances, no matter what you'd rather be doing. Duty is deliberate.


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