Cast and Crew: John Boorman (Director); Alexander Jacobs (Screenplay); Lalo Schifrin (Original Music); Conrad L. Hall (Cinematography)
What It’s About: An American pilot (Lee Marvin) finds himself marooned on an island with a Japanese officer (Toshiro Mifune). Will the men learn to co-operate to survive and escape from the island and what will happen if they do?
Why Watch it Today?: Hiroo Onoda surrendered today in 1974. Onoda was the last Japanese officer to surrender, having continued to evade capture and make attacks in a remote area of the Philippines for nearly 30 years after the war ended. Hell in the Pacific is an excellent story of survival as well as a meditation on the nature of war and humanity.
Where to Get It: Netflix (Rental Only) or YouTube
No trailer, but Lee Marvin’s off-key singing.
Great film. I guess the actors truly did NOT get along.
Too bad-I love them both dearly, and would like to imagine them as great pals.