Hell in the Pacific (1968)

103 mins | Drama | 18 December 1968

Director:

John Boorman

Producer:

Reuben Bercovitch

Cinematographer:

Conrad Hall

Production Designers:

Tony Pratt, Masao Yamazaki

Production Company:

Selmur Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed on Koror and other Palau Islands of Micronesia. Working titles: Two Soldiers--East and West and The Enemy ... More Less

Location scenes filmed on Koror and other Palau Islands of Micronesia. Working titles: Two Soldiers--East and West and The Enemy . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Aug 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
25 Aug 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
29 Aug 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
5 Jan 198
p. 12.
Daily Variety
16 Jan 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
9 Apr 1968
p 10.
Daily Variety
10 Dec 1968
p. 3.
Daily Variety
28 Apr 1969
p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
12 May 1966
Section C, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
22 Aug 1967
Section D, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
31 May 1968
Section E, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
30 Nov 1968
Section A, p. 5.
Los Angeles Times
15 Dec 1968
Section Q, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
17 Dec 1968
Section J, p. 19.
Los Angeles Times
30 Dec 1968
Section E, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
30 Jan 1969
Section F, p. 15.
New York Times
16 Aug 1967
p. 36.
New York Times
11 Feb 1969
p. 25.
Variety
25 May 1966
p. 13.
Variety
15 Jun 1966
p. 3.
Variety
13 Jul 1966
p. 12.
Variety
16 Aug 1967
p. 4.
Variety
11 Oct 1967
p. 3.
Variety
16 Apr 1969
p. 9.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Lighting
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd eff
Music ed
Re-rec supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
Scr supv
Prod asst
Tech adv
Prop master
Prop master
Key grip
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Two Soldiers--East and West
The Enemy
Release Date:
18 December 1968
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 18 December 1968
New York opening: 10 February 1969
Production Date:
2 January--8 April 1968
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
103
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In 1944, a U. S. Marine pilot and a Japanese naval officer are simultaneously separated from their units on an uninhabited Pacific atoll. After becoming aware of each other's presence, the men stalk and threaten but do not take advantage of opportunities to kill each other. Eventually, the Japanese overpowers the American during a struggle in the jungle, brings him back to camp, and ties his arms in a yoke-like harness. Before long, however, the American escapes, captures the Japanese, and imprisons him in a similar fashion. Like the Japanese before him, the American derives no satisfaction from holding a prisoner; he releases his opponent, and an unspoken truce gradually develops. When the Japanese attempts to build a small raft, the American is initially derisive but eventually aids in the construction. In time they set sail for a distant group of small islands and manage to reach one of them after a harrowing voyage. The island is uninhabited, but remnants from a bombed Japanese installation enable them to bathe, shave, change clothes, and get drunk on saké. Their relatively happy mood is shattered, however, when the Japanese becomes enraged by illustrations in a discarded copy of Life magazine showing his slain people; reverting to their hostile state, the two men go their separate ways. [Executive Producer Saperstein substituted an alternative ending on some prints in which an explosion occurs, suggesting that the two men are killed. Both versions were shown in the U. ... +


In 1944, a U. S. Marine pilot and a Japanese naval officer are simultaneously separated from their units on an uninhabited Pacific atoll. After becoming aware of each other's presence, the men stalk and threaten but do not take advantage of opportunities to kill each other. Eventually, the Japanese overpowers the American during a struggle in the jungle, brings him back to camp, and ties his arms in a yoke-like harness. Before long, however, the American escapes, captures the Japanese, and imprisons him in a similar fashion. Like the Japanese before him, the American derives no satisfaction from holding a prisoner; he releases his opponent, and an unspoken truce gradually develops. When the Japanese attempts to build a small raft, the American is initially derisive but eventually aids in the construction. In time they set sail for a distant group of small islands and manage to reach one of them after a harrowing voyage. The island is uninhabited, but remnants from a bombed Japanese installation enable them to bathe, shave, change clothes, and get drunk on saké. Their relatively happy mood is shattered, however, when the Japanese becomes enraged by illustrations in a discarded copy of Life magazine showing his slain people; reverting to their hostile state, the two men go their separate ways. [Executive Producer Saperstein substituted an alternative ending on some prints in which an explosion occurs, suggesting that the two men are killed. Both versions were shown in the U. S.] +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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