Hell in the Pacific

TitleHell in the Pacific
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1968
AuthorsBoorman, John, and Eric Bercovici
Series DirectorBercovitch, Reuben, and Alexander Jacobs
Running Time103 min
Date Released12/18/1968
CountryUnited States
Medium35mm negative format, 70mm prints
Publication LanguageEnglish and Japanese

The film is a story of two soldiers, one American and the other Japanese, marooned on an uninhabited Pacific island, who, in order to survive, must accept their differences and work together, despite their two countries being at war. There are changes as to which man dominates the other and differences are put aside to build a raft to escape the island. Whilst they reach another larger island, which shows signs of having recently been a Japanese military base, it too is abandoned. Perhaps the film can be summarized by one line from Marvin on the second island: "for a moment there I thought you were a Jap". 


Lee Marvin

Toshirō Mifune 

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