Not to be confused with Terrence Malick’s poetic epic – though it’s drawn from the same James Jones novel about the storming of Guadalcanal during the Pacific War.
This one’s a routine combat movie directed by studio workhorse Andrew Marton. Keir Dullea (2001) is the private determined to survive, Jack Warden the hard-bitten sergeant he clashes with.
The battle scenes are dynamically staged, and Malcolm Arnold’s score whips up an emotional frenzy. But Malick did so much more with the material.
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