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|Starring:||John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Slim Pickens, Burgess Meredith, Patricia Neal, Carroll O'Connor, Patrick O'Neal|
Captain Rockwell Torrey and Commander Paul Eddington are part of the Navys effort to recuperate from, and retaliate for, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Torrey is romantically involved with nurse Maggie Haynes, and also tries to restore his relationship with his estranged son, Jeremiah, a young Naval officer.
17 May 2013
This review is from: In Harm's Way (DVD) This is a great movie, not just a shoot 'em up WWII flick. It goes into the politics of Admirals, and the frailities of human beings. This movie is like an onion; many layers unfold in a great story and of course John Wayne.... sure do whis he was around today.
whitros43 17 May 2013
The story line is a mishmash of three or more plots with little tying themtogether into a unified whole. It seems to dwell on the problems ofAdmiralGhormley and his inability to deal with the requirements for the battle forGuadalcanal. And then he is faced with a hot shot sent from Pearl tostraighten things out, antagonizing his local command.There is also a part of the film that deals with the reaction to the attackon Pearl Harbor. Those two events events are too far apart to bringtogetherin one movie.And then, further complicating things, wwe have a father with a son whobelieves in a more enlightened attitude than contemporary society agreeswith. This artifice only serves to muddle the rest of the already mixed upplot.Finally, the action is based on events that are so far out of the realm ofreality, that it may as well have aliens from outer space entering thescene.Torah Torah Torah it ain't.
12 May 2013
...with a great cast, from a terrific storyteller. Despite the film's numerous faults, it is a movie I like and have watched more than once. Otto Preminger made some of my favorite films, (Laura, Anatomy of a Murder, Man with the Golden Arm, etc), and he does tell an interesting story here, but the production values of the film are weak. First of all this is a period story of WWII in the pacific, told in a 1965 film. Preminger doesn't even bother to dress the actors in any type of 1940's clothing, let alone have their hair and makeup reflect the era the story takes place. The women in the film are all dressed like Jackie Kennedy in 60's era sheath dresses and Jackie-flip hairdos. The music gives a nod to 40's swing, but with 60's era arrangements. The naval battles against the Japanese look like they were done with toy boats, and the story is simplistic. All of that said, Preminger's talent as a storyteller still prevails in this tale of an aging rear admiral (Wayne) who has to deal with WWII, a son from whom he is estranged (Brandon de Wilde), a mature nurse who is hot for him (Neal), a violent, alcoholic assistant (Douglas), an admiral who actively works against him (Andrews), and the suicide of his son's fiancee (Haworth). So this is a character-driven movie masquerading as an action film. I didn't mind the lack of action, because the actors really bring the characters to life, and their predicaments are absorbing. Wayne is really brilliant as Admiral Torrey, who puts up with naval incompetence and internal politics to get his job done This is the kind of role Wayne really excelled at in the great John Ford films. Patricia Neal is very good as the mature nurse who finds Wayne a big hunk of Heaven. Of course Douglas is terrific as the captain who can barely conceal his violent, angry nature, and I liked Tom Tryon's performance as the uber sexy naval officer and husband who sends his wife swooning at every opportunity. To be honest, he sent me swooning too. So if you don't mind the character driven story, which fails to deliver on the action hero end of things, this is a good film to watch if you have three hours to relax for a movie.
12 May 2013
This is NOT, repeat NOT, your typical John Wayne movie. It is NOT even a war story despite the title. It is a love story. In fact it is multiple love stories with WW-II in the Pacific as a backdrop. This is a reversal of a war story with a love subplot to keep the female audience interested: The war backdrop in this movie is intended to keep the male audience interested. Not only that, but it is lacking in a number of ways, beginning with Douglas's character -- an officer who is constantly in trouble, including starting a bar room fight, and still remains an officer in the military. The ship models for the battle scenes are not accurate either.
07 May 2013
I think this is the most overlooked movie of John Wayne. This is my most favorite of all his war movies. It has wonderful battle scenes and a great supporting cast. I love the relation ship between John and Patrica O'Neal. I always end this movie with a smile on my face. I highly recommend this movie for those that love John's war movies mixed with a little romance.
FilmSnobby 07 May 2013
Under-appreciated? More like "forgotten". I had never heard of *InHarm's Way* before I caught it on TCM this weekend. It seems really oddthat this movie is virtually unknown, considering the star-studded castheaded by the Duke himself. A movie in which Kirk Douglas gets SECONDbilling should have been a big deal, for good or ill.*In Harm's Way* is a very long Navy melodrama about the Pacific theaterinWorld War II, beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor. Doubtless itattempts to outdo its prime inspiration, *From Here to Eternity*, andperhaps it succeeds. John Wayne plays Captain Rock Torrey (a PERFECTnamefor Wayne), who gets demoted because he dared to initiate aggressivemaneuvers during the Pearl Harbor attack. His ship gets torpedoed by asub,and he ends up behind a desk in Hawaii, marking time. Meanwhile, hebefriends a tough middle-aged nurse played (perfectly) by Patricia Neal.But their romance will be interrupted when the Navy brass come to theirsenses and reinstall Wayne into active duty, with full promotion to RearAdmiral. Interrupted, but not forgotten: the movie's long running-timehelps to generate interest in their relationship, which moves fromcynical,"better-make-hay-while-the-sun-shines" tentativeness toward tenderlove.Yes, Wayne loves tenderly in this picture, and it's a shame that he wasn'tgiven more characters like Rock in which to explore these elements in hispersona. He's not so much a "man of action" here as he is a man ofthought: he's a planner, not a doer. Unusual stuff for Wayne, but hepullsit off and makes it all look pretty effortless. For those who continue tosay that the man couldn't act, watch how he eats alive Henry Fonda -- acritics' favorite -- in a terribly performed (and accented) cameo asthechief commander of the Pacific. Needless to say, strong women tended toimprove Wayne's work as well, and Neal is about as strong as they come.(It's as if Wayne was instinctively bored by human weakness. He alwayscomes alive when confronted by strength.)The movie features several subplots within Wayne's periphery, most notablyKirk Douglas as Wayne's preferred second-in-command and substitute son whohas terrible luck with women. We realize from his introduction thatsomething is inherently wrong with Douglas, but it's still something of ashock to witness the final depravity to which he sinks. Wayne will beforced to bestow his fatherly instincts on his actual son (Brandon deWilde), whom he abandoned years earlier after the divorce from themother.And there's the War, of course. Preminger is handicapped by a lack oftechnology for the naval battles at the end of the movie, resorting to toydestroyers and carriers and PT boats bobbing in a tank. But this is thesort of thing to which modern-day audiences must make concessions if theyare to enjoy older movies, and in any case the integrity of the story isnothandicapped by its technical limitations. Besides, Preminger achieves agood deal of realism anyway by shooting many scenes on real locations likeHawaii and San Diego and San Francisco, to say nothing of actual Navybattleships (except during the battle scenes, of course). Those are realswabbies serving as extras, running around on the decks.Finally, a word to those on this site who say that *In Harm's Way* islittle more than a salt's version of *Green Berets*. If this movie isjingoistic, I must've missed it. I found the LACK of flag-waving to berather startling in a movie starring John Wayne.
04 May 2013
This review is from: In Harm's Way (DVD) This grand movie is a sound depiction of the early war in the Pacific. This movie was recently run on local TV. In spite of having bought the DVD earlier this year, and watching it several times, I still watched this TV version. It was released in 1965. Based on a very interesting story (that began on December 6, 1941), and many sub-stories, plus a superb cast, this film is worth seeing.There were many useful reviews written on this movie. I particularly liked the customer review (#11) by a Ralph Couey. "The movie demonstrates the difference between capable managers in peacetime and battle-worthy leaders in war. The U.S. was caught in that trap in the first year of World War II. Unfortunately, a lot of ships were lost and a lot of sailors died while the bureaucrats were weeded out and replaced with warriors." This situation was essentially the basis for the "battle" between Rear Admiral Rockwell Torrey (John Wayne, surely one of his best roles) and Admiral `Blackjack' Broderick (Dana Andrews). Other reviewers described Broderick as weak and incompetent. As I watched the TV show I couldn't help think there was a worthwhile analogy between the political events/strategic implications during this war and the political events/strategic implications today and in our recent past.What follows are some inputs from the movie.1. The first scene reviewed here is between Torrey and Jere (Brandon De Wilde), his estranged son for the past 18 years. Torrey had just learned his son was on PT duty and he visited him. This first meeting was very strained. Some approximations of their conversation follow.* Torrey - how do you like PT duty?* Jere - I don't.* Torrey - why did you chose it, it is a voluntary assignment?* Jere - I knew this unit was assigned to Adm. Broderick, and once in this unit, I could be transferred to assist ex congressman Commander Neal Owen (Patrick O'Neal), Broderick's PR man. (Other reviewers described Owen as Broderick's stooge and a publicity seeking ex congressman, with political ambitions after the war). I will be his assistant.* Torrey - that is just like your mother's family - they could always pull political strings.* Jere - Adm Broderick has been assigned to handle a very important (and supposedly very secretive) assignment - Skyhook. (Couey commented: "Operation Skyhook represents Operation Watchtower, the drive to recover the Solomon Islands. The Battle of Pala Passage is in excellent representation of the second day of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, when Admirals Scott and Calahagn blocked a far superior Japanese force on its way to deliver the death knell to U.S. forces on the island"). * Torrey - I wouldn't know about that. (About Skyhook)* Jere - I wouldn't expect that you would. Commander Neal Owen gave me this information. (He should not have done that). * Torrey - Somewhere in here Torrey commented he would like to throw his son to the fishes. * Jere - why did you come?* Torrey - let us just say that I did.Later in the movie Jere discovers that Owen is a huge phony and his father is the real man. He "quits" Owen and is transferred back to PT duty, and ultimately a reconciliation with his father.2. This is a luncheon scene between Owen and Jere, early in the movie. * Owen - my job, Jere, is to see that the information given out to the press corp is good for the general war effort and good for the Navy.* Jere - and good for Adm Broderick.* Owen - well what is good for Adm Broderick is good for the war effort and good for the Navy.* Jere - with a little left over for Neal Owen. 3. This scene is a dinner meeting to honor Torrey in his surprise promotion from Captain to Rear Admiral. The head of Pacific operations (Henry Fonda, who is perfectly cast in this role. He is undoubtedly playing Admiral Nimitz, but this is never defined.) makes this announcement, essentially bringing Torrey out of "purgatory" where he had been sent, unjustly, after Pearl Harbor. "Nimitz" noted that Lincoln had his George B. McClellan who was "a great little organizer, but couldn't make up his mind when to fight", and I have my Broderick. He went on: "Indecision is a virus that can run through an army and destroy its will to win and even to survive." (It seems to me that this is the kind of risk our country is being put in today in Iraq). Faced with this situation Lincoln called in Grant. And "Nimitz" noted: "Torrey, you're going to be my Grant." Broderick wasn't replaced, but Torrey was put in tactical command.* Torrey - how far can I go?* "Nimitz" - well you can't kill him, "just get the job done." 4. The next scene showed Broderick and Owens killing time waiting for Torrey's arrival.* Broderick - I'm not going to take it.* Owen - I don't think you should do anything hasty. If Torrey flops you can clearly point a finger at Cinc-Pac. If he wins, you're still the overall commander and will get most of the credit.* Broderick - but I wont know what he is doing.* Owen - you need a rep in Torrey's camp.* Broderick - and you're it. You'll be my liaison officer.* Owen - but I have no front line duty or experience.* Broderick - now don't crawfish . It was you're idea. Besides a "little forward area duty might be just the thing for you. Think what a combat ribbon or even a Purple Heart in your button-hole would mean to you after the war. It ought to be worth a half a million votes when you run for office." (When I first heard these lines I couldn't help think of John Kerry and his medals from the Vietnam war). I noted above the superb cast. I would be remiss if I did not add inputs on one more character, Lieutenant Maggie Haynes (Patricia Neal)and a chief nurse. Both Torrey and Maggie are casualties of earlier, failed marriages. Their relationship blossoms while Torrey is still stuck behind a desk. Haynes is mature, supportive, and "mission driven" as she likes Torrey very much and wants him to know it. One reviewer felt Wayne was at his all time best in these scenes. I would say the same for Neal.All in all a grand story, one that I can highly recommend.
03 May 2013
This review is from: In Harm's Way [VHS] (VHS Tape) This is a very interesting WWII film directed and produced by Otto Preminger and is worth repeated viewing for its shear entertainment. John Wayne's subtle yet forceful performance just demonstrates the wide range of his acting abilities. We see John Wayne the actor and consummate professional at work here. He gave an exceptional performance in this film that others can learn from. The whole cast seems in awe of him. Even the usual flamboyant Kirk Douglas seems to have turned it down a notch giving an impressive performance as well. The construction of the characters and their dialogue was well thought out. It seems more powerful today than when it was first released. Its excellent cast includes: Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon, Burgess Meredith, Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Hugh O'Brian, Paula Prentiss, Brandon de Wilde, Patrick O'Neal, Franchot Tone, Carroll O'Connor, George Kennedy, Slim Pickens, Bruce Cabot, Larry Hagman, Barbara Bouchet, Stanley Holloway, Jill Haworth and James Mitchum. Jerry Goldsmith composed one of his most introverted scores, which goes against convention for a war film yet it works. This score is an early sign of the great innovative abilities of Jerry Goldsmith. Preminger being the craftsman that he was even helped construct the models of the destroyers and cruisers. Cinematographer, Loyal Griggs received an academy award nomination for his black & white images that were pure "film noir." This is a well-constructed film on all levels.
03 May 2013
This review is from: In Harm's Way (DVD) In Harm's WayI've always loved this movie one of my favorite John Wayne films. The DVD had many scenes I had never seen and made my decision to purchase this video even more enjoyable. Delivery was prompt. I enjoyed my experience purchasing a DVD from Amazon.com and will look forward to making many more purchases.
03 May 2013
This is a very dramatic and stirring movie, with a great cast. It is pretty cutting edge for it's time.
02 May 2013
This review is from: In Harm's Way (DVD) This is a war movie; certainly and a terrific one at that. The action sequences are convincing. The assorted relationships convey something of life in a war-time setting. However, for me at least, the revelation in this film is the relationship between the characters played by John Wayne and Patricia Neal. For one thing, it is a genuine love story. For another, to see John Wayne acting in this and other touching contexts, is something to behold. It is well worth watching and for me, time and again!Ian Hunter. Author of `e-Love'.
01 May 2013
Right off you know it is a John Wayne movie. It is bound to have some John Wayne formula and actors that he works with in other movies. Add to this a cast not just of names, but actors that have a following in their won right. Now you have some great material to work with.Throw in Director Otto Preminger, who directed "Laura" (1944) (see my review) and many other fine films. Add an intriguing story. It almost seems like two films. The first film being before the war with the relationships surrounding navy life and the Eddingtons (Kirk Douglas, and Barbara Bouchet). The second is after the war gets going with too many subplots to name. However I appreciated the relationship as Captain Rockwell Torrey (John Wayne) rediscovers and builds a relationship with his son, Ensign Jeremiah 'Jere' Torrey (Brandon De Wilde).You get the entire DVD goodie that make them work while. This includes (Original making-of In Harm's Way)I do not want to leave you with some idea that this is some sort of artsy movie. It really is a war movie with fast ships going in harm's way.
27 April 2013
I love this film. Yes, it is melodramatic and soapy at times but there is something different about this film compared to other WW2 'navy' movies. This movie makes you feel like you are right there on that 'straw bottom' cruiser. Through well planned shots and skillful editting we see and hear the sea, are in the captains cabin shaving, on the brigdge, with the lookouts, present for the call to general quarters, in the engine room plugging torpedo holes in the side of the ship. I can't think of any other movie that portrays these types of activities or detail like does this movie. I forgive it for the scattered love affairs and rapes, the white uniforms and shiny caps during wartime, just to get to that nautical feel.
26 April 2013
Good movie but with loose ends that weren't explained well. Rocks sons fiancÃ© suicide. Mac McConnells lose at sea and subsequent survival and others.....
25 April 2013
I also found this to be a good movie, well acted with a good multi-plot storyline. Otto Preminger had a lot of talent to work with, and made the most of it. I stumbled upon this movie late night on cable - and enjoyed it. The fact that it was in black-and-white did not even enter the picture - in fact, it added to the 'grittiness' of the story - and of the people in it. This was a depiction of war, ladies and gentlemen, people didn't have time for genteelness, for tomorrow, they could be dead! I recommend viewing of this picture. If you can get yourself a copy at a good price - then buy it! The only reason why I didn't give it five stars was the (lack of) special effects. Still, very worthy, Four Stars!!
24 April 2013
Great movie for John Wayne fans. Classic war sequences and plenty of action but not as graphic as new millenium movies. There are many other stars in the cast including Patricia Neal,Burgess Meredith, Carrroll O'Connor, Henry Fonda, and Paula Prentiss. Award winning muscial score too. It has long been a favorite of mine
ssbn657 23 April 2013
I have been watching this movie since it came out in 1965. It is one ofthe movies that sent me off to the US Navy in 1967. I recentlypurchased a DVD copy on the net for a great price and I watched itagain. Yes, it is all fiction; but still a great movie against the backdrop of WWII and the US Navy in the Pacific. It has battleships,cruisers, destroyers, PT boats, and submarines. It has confused yetbrave men and women. It has old fashion love scenes that "fade to blackafter the first kiss". It has a rape scene where you do not see theviolence; but, it is so well acted it is still terrifying. In the last40 years I have read dozens of factual books about the US Navy in thePacific. I still enjoy this movie very much and recommend it.
Bob-45 23 April 2013
IN HARMS WAY misses being a great film for, in one word, "effects." Theopticals, rear screen projection, eventhe ship models are substandard (surprisingly, one ship model sits in theGunner's Mate School at Great Lakes Naval Training Station).Just as the power of some really great performances (JohnWayne,Patricia Neal and Kirk Douglas, most notably) are about to win you over, thecrummy effects intrude. Wayne's and Neal's romance is one of cinema's best, Here, Neal turns me on just by taking off her shoes. Rarely have twoperformers seemedso romantically well matched (Neal said later she didn't particularly carefor Wayne, though she also said he had "mellowed"). Topnotchcinematography, costumes and score onhand here, too (Catch that magnificent closeup of Neal at the film's end). According to Neal, Preminger delayed filming for almost a year, to allow herto fully recover from a massive stroke. In this instance, Preminger showedboth compassion and shrewdness. Neal has NEVER been better, not even inHUD.See this movie to see what great romantic actors John Wayne and PatriciaNeal could be. Just try not to trip over the clumsy effects.
fluna1030 23 April 2013
Otto Premimger's In Harms Way was released in 1965 (I was 5 yrs. old)and in my opinion, It is one of the most best produced World War IImovies of the the 1960's. This movie tells the story of Rock Torrey &several other characters that are "interwoven" into the story .....beit directly or indirectly. Anyways, this is one of those motionpictures that has to be seen From The Beginning. ....right after theParamount Pictures logo ...you get the idea. So, what makes thispicture get a 10 from me? Well, I first seen it at the drive-in inglourious Black and White and in WideScreen. WOW! I still remember itto this day & it's still COOL to watch! John Wayne heads an all starcast in this movie including Patricia Neal, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda,Burgess Meredith (he played "Penguin" in the TV Batman series), andmany, many more that I'm sure you'll recognize,...also, watch forRobert Mitchum's son in a serious scene of the movie. The visualeffects, on location scenes, as well as a lot of military brass & andan Excellent story line makes this movie one of my all time favorites!!BRAVO, OTTO!! I'M GLAD IT'S IN BLACK AND WHITE!! E N J O Y !
lani4-886-903615 23 April 2013
I recently acquired the DVD of this movie in a three DVD set thatincluded Donovan's Reef and Hatari.On the whole I've found that In Harm's Way meets my criteria - I wasentertained but I'm afraid that there were several things thatstretched credibility beyond usual limits. First the Japanese planesshooting at two people on a beach before they attacked Pearl Harbourwas a bit far-fetched and then the incredible flaming car with flamespouring out of the passenger area after the head-on collision with thetruck was way over the top. And later the very obvious use of modelships in some shots that were not quite big enough to pass for realships somewhat spoiled the effectiveness of the images of the ships.Much later at almost the end of the movie when Admiral Torrey 'wakesup' on the hospital ship after almost 3 weeks the gauze 'hat' that thecostume dept plunked on his head looked nothing like a professionallyapplied dressing and after almost 3 weeks any open wounds would havebeen well healed and not needing to be bandaged any longer. Also tohave an unconscious patient in a closed room by himself, lying face upand with no IV or catheter was a glaring omission. Anyone 'asleep' akaunconscious for any length of time would, even in the 1940s, have hadIV fluids 24/7 which would require a catheter 24/7 as well but they didhave beside his bed was a stainless steel pitcher and a drinking glasshalf full of what was probably water, not exactly what an unconsciouspatient needs. Until those scenes with Admiral Torrey on the hospitalship the medical scenes were actually quite well done but that sillylooking gauze hat actually had me laughing. I guess it was easier tojust plunk it on his head when they needed to do a retake but if you'llnotice most of the time he looked like he was afraid to move his headbecause it would shift around because it was so loose.What held this movie together for me were the performances. As always Ithoroughly enjoyed Patricia Neal's performance as well as theperformances by Paula Prentiss, Tom Tryon, Kirk Douglas, StanleyHolloway, Burgess Meredith and of course 'The Duke'. Young Brandon DeWilde's transformation was interesting to watch as well as convincingand Patrick O'Neal's sleazy Commander Neal Owynn was very well donetoo.It is a different kind of war movie and well worth watching in spite ofthe above mentioned problems that I have with the film. I have watchedit a few times and will again at some point because in spite of itsshortcomings, because of the performances, I was entertained.