Countdown to 5K! – #23 – The Naked and the Dead (1958)

This is my 4948th Review

Original Rating prediction – 9/10


“And this is the kind of thing that backs right up to Washington. You can imagine the conversations going on. “What’s happening out there?” “What’s holding them up?” “What are they doing?” But do we have any air support? No! They switched priorities on us. We’re the only division in combat at the moment that doesn’t have dependable air support. In the past week, we have advanced a grand total of 400 yards. Time has run out gentlemen. No doubt the troops would be happier with another general in command. A butcher who would waste their lives to no purpose. Well if they don’t perk up, they’ll be having their butcher. ” – General Cummings

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A look at the way that the War in the Pacific was fought on both a micro and macro level where we get to see how certain bureaucratic policies are dealt with on the level of the individual soldier.

My Take on it – This is a film that I only heard about not long ago and the premise and the fact that it was a Norman Mailer bestseller placed it high on my must watch list.

It was actually one of the first films that I chose for this series.

They do an excellent job looking at the way war can really be Hell.

They show how difficult things can be during wartime due to the way that wars are fought top down which can cause many problems with the various levels of command along the way.

They develop the characters really well and we get to understand how the decisions made at the various levels of command can trickle down and affect each character on the different levels distinctly.

The way that commands made at higher levels are interpreted and enacted upon by the junior officers and the individual soldier is shown very realistically especially when the cost of some of these decisions can be very high.

The cast is superb and the three leads all are great in their respective roles.

Aldo Rey, Cliff Robertson and Raymond Massey are feel very realistic and comfortable in their roles as Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Lt and the General and the way that they see things around them and act on them in the midst of battle looks and feels quite real the whole way through.

This film definitely doesn’t try to sugarcoat war.

I’ve heard that the way things afre described in the book are even more graphic and breathtaking.

Bottom Line – Great look at war that shows how difficult things can be since the way that they fight wars is top down.  The characters are developed quite well and we get to understand the various characters at the different levels of command and how the decisions of those above them affect their own actions, sometimes at a high cost. The cast is superbly chosen and each of three leads are all great in their respective roles. Rey, Robertson and Massey all feel quite realistic as the platoon sergeant, the platoon LT and the General in the way they see and act as the battle moves on. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Norman Mailer, the author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed novel on which the film is based, was reported to have said it was the worst movie he had ever seen after viewing the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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