In Harm's Way (1965)

165 mins | Drama | 1965

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writer:

Wendell Mayes

Producer:

Otto Preminger

Cinematographer:

Loyal Griggs

Production Designer:

Lyle Wheeler

Production Company:

Sigma Productions
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HISTORY

Copyright length: 170 min. Produced in cooperation with the Department of Defense, including the Department of the Navy. Filmed in Hawaii, San Francisco, San Diego, and aboard U.S.S. Braine, U.S.S. Capitaine, U.S.S. O'Bannon, U.S.S. Philip, U.S.S. Renshaw, U.S.S. Saint Paul, and U.S.S. Walker. ...

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Copyright length: 170 min. Produced in cooperation with the Department of Defense, including the Department of the Navy. Filmed in Hawaii, San Francisco, San Diego, and aboard U.S.S. Braine, U.S.S. Capitaine, U.S.S. O'Bannon, U.S.S. Philip, U.S.S. Renshaw, U.S.S. Saint Paul, and U.S.S. Walker.

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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit cam
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Assoc art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
Film ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost coord
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Lawrence W. Butler
Spec eff
Spec photog
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstyles
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Exec asst to the prod
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Project officer
Homer Plannette
Chief gaffer
Key grip
Key grip
Prop master
Dial coach
Casting
Titles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Harm's Way by James Bassett (Cleveland, 1962).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1965
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 6 Apr 1965
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Sigma Productions
7 April 1965
LP30826
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
165
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Pearl Harbor, ill-prepared and unknowing, is attacked by the Japanese. Shortly afterwards, Capt. Rockwell Torrey is ordered to lead several U. S. Navy vessels against the enemy. The mission ends in disaster, and upon his return to base, Torrey is assigned to a desk job. He becomes attracted to nurse Maggie Haynes, who informs him that his son, Jere, whom he has not seen in the years since he was divorced from his wife, is an ensign on the island. Jere, an opportunistic, callow youth with only contempt for his father, has plans for obtaining an appointment on the staff of the weak and indecisive Admiral Broderick. Meanwhile, Torrey's temperamental executive officer, Eddington, has learned that his unfaithful wife was killed in a car crash during the attack. As retaliatory naval operations are being set into motion, Torrey's true value is recognized by his superiors, and he is promoted to Rear Admiral. Broderick has been unable to accomplish the spearhead mission of capturing several key islands, and Torrey is assigned to the task. Participating in the operation are Eddington, Maggie, and Jere. On Gavabutu Island, springboard for the attack, Torrey launches a successful foray, and boosts morale among his troops. He thus wins the respect of Jere, who asks to be transferred back to his PT boat. Meanwhile, Eddington, tormented by the memory of his wife's infidelity, drunkenly rapes Jere's girl friend, Annalee, at a beach party. Annalee commits suicide, and Torrey breaks the news to Jere, thereby cementing the bond between them. To redeem himself, Eddington undertakes an unauthorized "certain death" reconnaissance mission, and before he is shot down, he radios the exact size and location of the ...

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Pearl Harbor, ill-prepared and unknowing, is attacked by the Japanese. Shortly afterwards, Capt. Rockwell Torrey is ordered to lead several U. S. Navy vessels against the enemy. The mission ends in disaster, and upon his return to base, Torrey is assigned to a desk job. He becomes attracted to nurse Maggie Haynes, who informs him that his son, Jere, whom he has not seen in the years since he was divorced from his wife, is an ensign on the island. Jere, an opportunistic, callow youth with only contempt for his father, has plans for obtaining an appointment on the staff of the weak and indecisive Admiral Broderick. Meanwhile, Torrey's temperamental executive officer, Eddington, has learned that his unfaithful wife was killed in a car crash during the attack. As retaliatory naval operations are being set into motion, Torrey's true value is recognized by his superiors, and he is promoted to Rear Admiral. Broderick has been unable to accomplish the spearhead mission of capturing several key islands, and Torrey is assigned to the task. Participating in the operation are Eddington, Maggie, and Jere. On Gavabutu Island, springboard for the attack, Torrey launches a successful foray, and boosts morale among his troops. He thus wins the respect of Jere, who asks to be transferred back to his PT boat. Meanwhile, Eddington, tormented by the memory of his wife's infidelity, drunkenly rapes Jere's girl friend, Annalee, at a beach party. Annalee commits suicide, and Torrey breaks the news to Jere, thereby cementing the bond between them. To redeem himself, Eddington undertakes an unauthorized "certain death" reconnaissance mission, and before he is shot down, he radios the exact size and location of the enemy force which is moving to intercept the U. S. invasion group. In the great sea battle that ensues, the American force is largely destroyed, but the Japanese retreat in confusion. Among those killed is Jere. Torrey, badly wounded, returns home to recuperate in Maggie's care. He is assured, however, that he will soon be back in action to command a new task force in the war against Japan.

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

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