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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

In harm's way they went. The men. The women. The lovers for a night. The lovers for keeps. The strong. The weak. They went, as they were...in Harm'sway. 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:

In Harm's Way 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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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

The scene where the Japanese destroyer hits PT-44 is the scene from the movie "PT-109" when John F. Kennedy's boat was cut in two. See more »

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In the initial depth charge attack on the submarine, a shot shows a charge sinking below the submerged sub in just a few feet of distance. Any sub would be destroyed with certainty by a depth charge explosion that close in. See more »

Quotes

Clayton Canfil, Australian Coastwatcher: There's a way to find out what the Japs are up to; but I'll have to do it myself. I used to run a plantation on Gavabutu; I know that island like the back of my hand. Have one of your subs put me ashore there and in two weeks, I'll be able to tell you just what our little yellow brothers are up to.
Rear Admiral Rock Torrey: All right, Mr. Canfil; but be careful, we can't afford to lose you.
Clayton Canfil, Australian Coastwatcher: [Grinning] I'm not planning on getting lost, Admiral.
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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 »

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Her smile on the face of the tiger
19 September 2006 | by krorieSee all my reviews

Though a film about US entry into World War II centering on the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, "In Harm's Way" has a 60's look and feel about it. The opening sequence with Barbara Bouchet as Liz Eddington salaciously dancing around teasing all the men and infuriating all the women is more a twist than a swing. The dress she wears is also more of a sack dress than the skirts fashionable in America in 1941. John Ford's 1945 "They Were Expendable," starring John Wayne, is a superior film overall and is closer to home since it was made during the war years. Still "In Harm's Way" has its moments and should be enjoyed, especially by the many fans of the Duke.

The story about Capt. Rockwell Torrey (Wayne) trying to get to know the son he has not seen since the boy was four nearly slips into maudlin sentimentality several times, but is yanked back to more refined cinema by director Otto Preminger. Ditto for the budding romances between Admiral Torrey and Maggie Haynes (Patricia Neal), and between the admiral's son, Jere (Brandon De Wilde) and Annalee (Jill Haworth). The battle scenes are exciting and well-staged. The ending is a bit much but still satisfactory. The acting by a Hollywood cast of major stars of the era is top notch all the way as is to be expected.

The screen play by Wendell Mayes from James Bassett's novel, "Harm's Way," is effective, telling the story of Admiral Rockwell Torrey's daring comeback following humiliation at Pearl Harbor. Torrey is sent to salvage a mess up by politically motivated Admiral Broderick (Dana Andrews), whose tactics are similar to General George B. McClellan's in the early days of the American Civil War and for like reasons. The assignment is in reality a backup operation to take pressure from the main assault by the Japanese on General Douglas MacArthur's forces in the Pacific. Against great odds, including one of the largest ships in the Japanese navy, Admiral Torrey and his fighting men, including several nurses, must persevere. Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz (Henry Fonda) personally places full confidence and support in Torrey. Along with the brutal fighting are the subplots involving the romances and father-son theme mentioned above.

John Wayne fans and war action fans should enjoy "In Harm's Way." I highly recommend "They Were Expendable" for those viewers who like this movie.


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