Reviewed by: Trail Reeves
This star studded movie is worth adding to any serious video collection. Stars include John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Henry Fonda, and a host of other faces one will readily recognize.
The movie proceeds from the hours just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor through the ensuing months. Kirk Douglas turns in a powerful performance as a Navy commander who struggles with the loss of his family and a continuing battle with alcohol. John Wayne is his usual great self as a Navy Captain trying to re-establish a relationship with a son he hasn’t seen in 20 years.
The storyline moves along briskly and the 2½ hours fly by. You will laugh, cry, and cheer as the story unfolds in this human drama.
There is some war related violence, but no gore. There is some alcohol use in a social setting, and John Wayne has a sexual encounter with Patricia Neal, but nothing is shown. (Let’s hear it for leaving things to an audience’s imagination!) Still, I recommend renting or purchasing this video. It is more than just another WW2 hero movie. The cast alone makes this a collector’s dream.
Year of Release—1965