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A Movie A Day: Quint is IN HARM’S WAY (1965)
All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be somewhere else.



Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s installment of A Movie A Day. [For those now joining us, A Movie A Day is my attempt at filling in gaps in my film knowledge. My DVD collection is thousands strong, many of them films I haven’t seen yet, but picked up as I scoured used DVD stores. Each day I’ll pull a previously unseen film from my collection and discuss it here. Each movie will have some sort of connection to the one before it, be it cast or crew member.] Ha! Bet you thought I missed a day, didn’t you? Sorry it took so long getting this one up, but this movie is 2 hours and 40+ minutes long. I watched most of it on the laptop while on the train from San Diego to LA and had to finish it at my hotel after a day of traveling misadventures which could serve as a sequel to PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES. Today’s movie is 1965’s IN HARM’S WAY, bridging from yesterday’s RICCO by the beautiful Barbara Bouchet as well as the Mitchum bloodline. Christopher starred in RICCO and his brother James has a bit part in this ensemble WW2 flick starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal and a shit-ton of great character actors. I went into Otto Preminger’s film thinking it was a straight up retelling of the Pearl Harbor story. Afterall, it starts off in Hawaii and features the Japanese attack. Actually, it starts off at a swinging party on Hawaii as a girl (Bouchet) seductively dances with different men, to the point that she is removed and the party halted (look for a young Jerry Goldsmith acting as the band leader). We come to find out that this woman is Kirk Douglas’ wife… to be more precise, she’s his slutty wife. She ends up skinny dipping in a rather risqué scene, where we get a lot of flesh and side boob, which wasn’t exactly all that common during this period. She has sex with a young officer and they wake the next morning on the beach… Sure, I thought. Here we go… love triangle melo-drama, set against Pearl Harbor. We’ve seen Bay do it, now it was time to watch a slightly more interesting cast tackle it. And then the attack happened and we see the cheating couple jump in their car, trying to get out of the line of fire… only to crash in a horrifically realistic flaming plummet over a cliff. I’m not kidding, it was insanely graphic. To my great surprise Pearl Harbor is only in the first reel, acting as a way to introduce us to our ensemble. Wayne plays Captain Rockwell Torrey, Tom Tryon is Mac McConnell and Douglas Commander Paul Eddington, all serving on ships as the harbor is attacked. Mac actually rushes his ship out of the harbor saving it from the devastation as Wayne’s ship stays out of the attack, not near the island at the time of the attack.

Basically what we have is a long film with a few dozen threads interweaving the lives of a handful of key characters, with the Pacific War as a backdrop. Wayne is sent out to attack the Japanese (can I call ‘em Nips like they do in the movie? It is historically accurate, afterall… naw, not cool…) as they regroup. He is ordered to hit them immediately, but doesn’t have enough fuel to make it, so he decides to reserve fuel by cutting some safety corners, namely stopping the zig-zagging that helps avoid submarine attacks. Of course he is hit and his group does everything they can to keep the ship afloat. The point is he is punished for this and is sent away. Later on we pick up on him and what he’s doing, organizing the routing of ships. This leads him to getting a second chance and taking a small, but important batch of islands as General MacArthur is fighting the big war. Douglas is roaming aimless, the loss of his wife hitting him hard. Wayne is treading water, but as long as he’s contributing he’s happy. Soon enough he finds out his estranged son (Brandon De Wilde, who was the kid in SHANE) is in the Navy as well. Around the same time, Wayne starts falling for a pretty nurse named Maggie, played by the great Patricia Neal (THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, HUD)… did you know she was married to Roald Dahl? I had no idea! Anyway, De Wilde is cordial towards his father, but felt abandoned, so he’s cold. In fact, he’s adopted his own father figure in a politician who enlisted in order to get publicity for himself. Dana Andrews plays Broderick, this politician who is constantly maneuvering, sometimes at the expense of leaked information, dangerous information and Patrick O'Neal the alpha clinger-oner. De Wilde follows him around like a puppy-dog while giving the cold shoulder to his dad who is trying to reach out. It’s actually a really dark movie. There’s a rape scene that is depicted in the last act that is incredibly disturbing… and surprising. The biggest surprise is that the rapist is someone we’ve grown to really like. Also, the way Preminger shot the action is incredible. Long, long takes with dozens of explosions… the kind of thing you do once and can’t reset… cars blowing up, buildings hit, road being riddled with bombs and bulletfire… I can’t wait to get to the 3 or 4 other Preminger films on the docket. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say the action in this movie was a precursor to what Alfonso Cuaron did in CHILDREN OF MEN. Some of the pieces are that incredible, especially when you consider they didn’t have the tools that Cuaron did to execute these incredible scenes. But the important sequences aren’t the spectacle scenes, it’s the character drama. I buy Wayne and Neal’s love-story, especially since Neal plays Maggie as a very independent woman, never a damsel in distress or nagging girlfriend… or worried partner. She’s got her job to do, too… in fact, she’s more control of their relationship than Wayne is.

I can’t talk about this film without bringing up Burgess Meredith. God, I love Burgess Meredith and he’s got a great character here… he’s a Hollywood screenwriter, thrice divorced (all movie starlets) and enlisted in the war. He has a great scene with Wayne before the big Naval battle at the end. The subhead quote comes from Wayen in this scene, but Meredith confesses his own fear, saying he’s never been this scared in his life. What the hell is he doing there? He should be writing about events like this and making them movies, not being in the line of fire. It’s a great vulnerable scene for a character who has been all smart-ass and laughs for the rest of the movie. Douglas is fantastic. Your opinion on who this guy is changes from scene to scene. There’s a sequence where he flips a coin with Meredith on who will get to manhandle O'Neal that must have gotten cheers upon it’s original release. The whole supporting cast is great, with some incredibly recognizable and awesome faces, like Slim Pickens, George Kennedy, Stanley Holloway, Larry Hagman, Paula Prentiss, Henry Fonda and Carroll O’Connor. After seeing O’Connor in this and previous AMAD Point Blank I’m dying to explore his work outside of ALL IN THE FAMILY. I have vague memories of his work in KELLY’S HEROES (been a few years since I’ve seen that one)… I’ll have to look him up and see if there’s anything big I need to find of his… Final Thoughts: There are weak moments… some character changes that happen too quickly… feeling like there were scenes removed without a thought to how the big picture would play… and there’s an Australian with a British accent. But the action is top notch, Preminger’s direction great, Jerry Goldsmith’s score is fucking incredible, Loyal Grigg’s scope black and white photography is gorgeous and the naval battles are done very well. According to trivia, the battleship models were so big many of them could be operated from the inside. Bigatures! The cast and energy of the picture makes it worth seeking out. The flick pushes the envelope of what could be done at its time and it’s still fresh today.

The schedule for the next 7 days is: Tuesday, July 29th: FIRECREEK (1968) Wednesday, July 30th: THE CHEYENNE SOCIAL CLUB (1970) Thursday, July 31st: THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956) Friday, August 1st: THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS (1957) Saturday, August 2nd: VON RYAN’S EXPRESS (1965) Sunday, August 3rd: CAN-CAN (1960) Monday, August 4th: DESPERATE CHARACTERS (1971) Tomorrow we follow Henry Fonda over to 1968's FIRECREEK co-starring Jimmy Stewart! See you folks then! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com



Previous Movies: June 2nd: Harper
June 3rd: The Drowning Pool
June 4th: Papillon
June 5th: Gun Crazy
June 6th: Never So Few
June 7th: A Hole In The Head
June 8th: Some Came Running
June 9th: Rio Bravo
June 10th: Point Blank
June 11th: Pocket Money
June 12th: Cool Hand Luke
June 13th: The Asphalt Jungle
June 14th: Clash By Night
June 15th: Scarlet Street
June 16th: Killer Bait (aka Too Late For Tears)
June 17th: Robinson Crusoe On Mars
June 18th: City For Conquest
June 19th: San Quentin
June 20th: 42nd Street
June 21st: Dames
June 22nd: Gold Diggers of 1935
June 23rd: Murder, My Sweet
June 24th: Born To Kill
June 25th: The Sound of Music
June 26th: Torn Curtain
June 27th: The Left Handed Gun
June 28th: Caligula
June 29th: The Elephant Man
June 30th: The Good Father
July 1st: Shock Treatment
July 2nd: Flashback
July 3rd: Klute
July 4th: On Golden Pond
July 5th: The Cowboys
July 6th: The Alamo
July 7th: Sands of Iwo Jima
July 8th: Wake of the Red Witch
July 9th: D.O.A.
July 10th: Shadow of A Doubt
July 11th: The Matchmaker
July 12th: The Black Hole
July 13th: Vengeance Is Mine
July 14th: Strange Invaders
July 15th: Sleuth
July 16th: Frenzy
July 17th: Kingdom of Heaven: The Director’s Cut
July 18th: Cadillac Man
July 19th: The Sure Thing
July 20th: Moving Violations
July 21st: Meatballs
July 22nd: Cast a Giant Shadow
July 23rd: Out of the Past
July 24th: The Big Steal
July 25th: Where Danger Lives
July 26th: Crossfire
July 27th: Ricco, The Mean Machine

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  • July 29, 2008, 4:43 a.m. CST

    faf

    by Chumkid

    asfasfas

  • July 29, 2008, 4:46 a.m. CST

    -

    by Chumkid

    I think I'm probably not alone when I say that I find these really boring. I keep waiting for the day when Quint is going to realize that this is a news site and not his personal blog. Post your editorializations of irrelevant movies somewhere else. Don't mix them in with content that's supposed to be informative. And, if you insist on continuing, you could at least try to make these interesting.

  • July 29, 2008, 5 a.m. CST

    chum

    by Quint

    For someone who is so bored with this column you sure jumped quickly in to post on it. Don't read it if you don't like it. AICN has always been and always will be about celebrating film past, present and future. Notice the other articles I've been posting this weekend from comic-con are all upcoming. If you don't like this column, you have a lot more to choose from. Or you can say shit just to be superior some more. But just so you know, this column has been the most popular thing I've done on this site, so you might not be alone, but I would say you're in the minority.

  • July 29, 2008, 5 a.m. CST

    If you don't like the column, Chumkid, then kindly fuck off.

    by palimpsest

    That is all.

  • July 29, 2008, 5:37 a.m. CST

    57 films in Chum(p)

    by evolvingsensblty

    Aint no stopping him now.---Hey Quint let's see the big daddy master list of upcoming films?? I'm weak, I need Instant Gratification...

  • July 29, 2008, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Weird

    by TCSailor

    The top cover art is obviously a recent studio remake as the ship taking a near hit is a Spruance-class destroyer which wasnt commissioned till 1975 or so. I served on the Spru itself for 5 years so it is instantly recognizable. Michael Bay also blew a few up in Pearl Harbor. Sorry to geek out, it just pops out at me when I see one of em.

  • July 29, 2008, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Hey Chumkid!

    by Horned One

    Your mom called. She said to come upstairs because your hot pockets are ready. You can go back to sorting your dolls... um, I mean "action figures" later. p.s. You ARE alone. Keep up the excellent work Quint.

  • July 29, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Chumkid is definitely alone.

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    I wouldn't mind seeing some other AICN staffers trying something like this, too. Something like a column on old pet favorite movies from Harry et al on a regular basis. there has to be some gems between all you film geeks.

  • July 29, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Red Foxx's tagline for his friend Pat Morita

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    was "the hip nip," This was in Morita's pre-Arnold, pre-Miyagi days. As far as I know he thought it was cool.

  • July 29, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Nobody wants to play Sega with Chumkid

    by O_Goncho

    I mean, uh... fuck off, yeah? Solid.

  • July 29, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST

    I agree, EyeofPolyphemus

    by O_Goncho

    I wish Harry would give us even more glimpses into his bottomless pit of film favorites rather than waiting to mention something until he gets sent a new DVD release of it. It's always worth a read when Mori re-emerges with something to say too.

  • July 29, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    So, Is Eddington Saul Tigh's great great grandfather

    by Manos

    Or descendant. Either way, this is hands down my favorite Kirk Douglas movie. He plays Eddington with a dangerous edge that's just plain scary. You know the explosion is coming, but the way it comes is always shocking.

  • July 29, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Best part of this -- the end credits

    by darthliquidator

    Stay for the final credits of this film - it's set up like today's movies - only the title at the beginning, and all of the credits at the end. Set to Goldsmith's awesome music...it's a Bolero-like visual poem symbolic of World War II...ocean waves gradually building and building, crashing into giant ocean storms...finally ending in an atomic blast and cloud. (Visually created, I think, by Saul Bass). And with Jerry's music...simply amazing.

  • July 29, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST

    These are GREAT

    by Catbarf the 12th

    Since I got Netflix and its handy queue feature, I've really quantified what I already knew... that I'll never see all the movies worth seeing before I drop dead. So hats off to the insane seaman for really churning through these and providing summaries. It helps me tweak the insurmountable watch-before-I-die list quite a bit, so at least the few flix I do manage to catch before I go to Carlinland will be well-chosen. And despite what some whippersnappers might tell you, movie past is a great place to hang out. Oh yeah, I saw the beginning of this movie on TV when I was a kid and the attack scared the crap out of me. I really need to go back and watch this again.

  • July 29, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Never stop, Quint. Never.

    by MCVamp

    Good show again, Quint. Much like your "geek embarrassment" over not having seen staples such as ELEPHANT MAN, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THE BLACK HOLE, and COOL HAND LUKE...I have a confession of my own to make. For the first time ever, this weekend I took in BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID. And at least I have the comfort of knowing that almost every opportunity I had to experience this film in my 30ish years on earth was on a small screen in full frame presentation. But this was on a Blu-Ray running through an HD projector on a 90 inch screen. And what can I say? The film deserves its reputation.

  • July 29, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    by smallerdemon

    I caught this on TCM one day, and Quint is hitting this spot on about how the movie works. There are so many wrenching parts that I was surprised that it made it past the film code. <p> "I think I'm probably not alone when I say that I find these really boring." Yet you keep reading and commenting on it? Move along, nothing to see here. <p> Quint, both me and my wife LOVE this column. She has been adding stuff to her Amazon wish list on a regular basis from this column, as have I. If you can do this every day for a whole year (minus December 13th and 14th, of course) I will be mightily impressed and you will go down on my list of inspirations for perseverance.

  • July 29, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Thanks

    by Raymond Shaw

    I rented "The Matchmaker" yesterday based on your review in this AMAD series. I probably would never have rented it otherwise. Your review was on the mark. I liked it a lot, and so did my girlfriend who usually doesn't like anything not made in the last 6 months. A very funny movie ("She only eats apples and lettuce"). Good performances. It was interesting to see the young Robert Morse (Bert Cooper from Mad Men)

  • July 29, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Did every 1960s film use the same title-card company?

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Yes I know - considered classic - used in Anatomy of a Murder - but damn this one looks disturbingly similar to so many of the others including 'Seven Days in May' i saw two days ago (Damn fine film, I might ad, though totlly lost it's sac in not namedropping Douglas MacArthur)

  • July 29, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    And yeah - Jerry Goldsmith was a f'in genius

    by JackRabbitSlim

    That word - genius - is painfully overused but that guy deserved it. Cinemagic did a 24 hour retrospective of his work and it was amazing. In the 1970s alone, he scored Patton, Tora Tora Tora, Pappilon, The Omen, Logan's Run, and rounded it out with Alien. That he received only 1 Academy award, for The Omen, is a shame.

  • July 29, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    This colum is a great reference point...

    by Boba Fat

    even if you're not following all the films. There's plenty here that I've never heard of and now want to seek out, In Harm's Way is now one and it's also amazing that this colum has had the life it has considering comic con etc. So, fuck the ass hats Quint! Fuck em all in their stupid asshats!

  • July 29, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    just wanted to say

    by sHapesHiftinLizard

    I've been reading these every day and have been enjoying them immensely, great work quint. It's good to have the list so I can go back for ref and track down certain films in the future. Also great for knowing when something decent is coming on tv, partcularly a movie channel like the uk's film4, they show a lot of oldies during the day and I can get them recorded.

  • July 29, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Best column on AICN

    by m_reporter

    Seriously, how can you complain about this? And if you really dislike it, then just skip it.

  • July 29, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Well done sir

    by Volstaff

    Because of you and this column I'm never gonna run out of movies to add to my netflix cue. It's also nice to see a talkback where the haters and fuckwits who think they're being cool by posting shit are in the minority and get told to have a nice hot cup of STFU for once. True movie geeks FTW!Thanks Quint.

  • July 29, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Quint: when this feature is done

    by ArcadianDS

    Please re-invent it as "a movie a week" or whatever pace you can handle. I love this feature. Maybe mix up the way you choose the films a bit: let us vote on what movies you have to watch out of a list of movies you're willing to see, or something like that.<p> anyway, great column. This is the stuff I come to this domain for, to be honest.

  • July 29, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Good Review, Quint, But . . .

    by Wonderthump

    It's Patrick O'Neal that Kirk Douglas and Burgess Meredith flip a coin over. In Harm's Way is a very good movie -- not the best of 1960s film, but with considerably more character development than movies today. It also showcases the talent of true movie stars, who unlike actors today really do seem larger than life.

  • July 29, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    chumkid

    by hey...jonboy

    i made the same mistake you did a couple days ago questioning if anyone actually liked this series. what followed was similar to what you are probably experiencing. a bunch of fuck-offs and such. beware having an unpopular opinion.

  • July 29, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Long-time reader, first-time poster ...

    by leftofcentristdotcom

    ... at least with this series from Quint. As someone who is a little older (okay, a LOT older) than most of the other talkbackers, I saw a lot of these films when they were still new. I saw "In Harm's Way" at a grand old theater with a VERY large screen, when it was first released. The battle scenes were extremely impressive to a youngster in the '60s. In fact, this was the most impressive film I saw in the theaters during the '60s until Butch Cassidy at the end of the decade. Keep up the good work, Quint. Perhaps you will eventually get around to a pre-1980s film I've never seen before.

  • July 29, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Compare the pic from IHW......

    by closeencounter

    With Wayne, Douglas, Meredith, Kennedy, etc., to an ensemble pic from maybe Oceans Eleven or Ocean's Twelve. The current actors all look like wimps compared to actors from the past.

  • July 29, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I think I watched this when I was very young

    by jim

    Quint's descriptions of the beginning is very familiar to me. I'm sure if it was ever on TV my father would have watched it; sounds like his kind of film. I'll add it to my ziplist for next month.<p>Quint, I too would like to see a more extended list of upcoming movies. 7 days isn't usually enough time to get them from the online store. Especially if someone else beats you to it. With a month or two, or 6, advance notice of what's coming up it would make it a lot easier to plan what we will be watching. I don't have time to see them all but there are enough that I want to see, or see again.

  • July 29, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Bravo!

    by Abhimanyu

    Quint, please keep up this great effort. Ignore dickwads. This is a fantastic column. 'Nuff said.

  • July 29, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Hey..Jonboy

    by Toonol

    The problem isn't that chumkid doesn't like the column. That's fine. But his post was immature and crass. He is displaying his own limitations in being unable to understand that other people have different opinions. "I don't like it. The column should go away."<p> He's seen the vigorous talkbacks the column generates, but isn't able to actually understand what that means. It's the sort of thing undeveloped children might say, a bit like crying "how can anybody watch a black and white movie" in a room full of adults.

  • July 29, 2008, 2 p.m. CST

    I love these movie a day articles

    by RedeyeJedi

    A large majority of these movies I own and love. And Quint, if you're looking for a really good Carroll O Connor flick, check out Waterhole #3

  • July 29, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    I like these reviews

    by Mr. A

    I look forward to these write-ups. Most of the films I have already seen, but not all, and they've pushed me to see some things I haven't and go back to films I want to see again. If I were to suggest a film w/Carrol O'Connor and Kirk Douglas and Walter Matthau it would be LONELY ARE THE BRAVE. If you haven't seen it, it is Douglas' favorite of his films.

  • July 29, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    The problem with Chumkid...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    is he is a posterchild for the current generation of movie 'geeks'. Whereas the previous generations had, at the very least, an appreciation for the history of cinema, even if they would rather have watched Star Wars for the millionth time than The Hidden Fortress for the 1st.<p> This generation though seems to dismiss anything from prior to their era, and hate anything not absolutely laser directed to their particular sensibilities and interests. To them it is sacrilege that there is a thread of this nature, when we could get a rumor thread about Transformers 2 instead...<p>

  • July 29, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Why Alonzo, what's the TRANSFORMERS 2 rumour...?

    by palimpsest

    I heard there would be like space robots disguised as inanimate things knocking the shit out of each other while tipsy twentysomethings with scarred hands looked on in slack-jawed wonderment.

  • July 29, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Hold on, there's Transformers 2 news?

    by jim

    I think, not to sound too much like an old fogy, kids today are spoiled with the access they have to film & television. Back before home video if you wanted to see a movie you had to see it in the theatre. Either that or wait 2 years until it hit network TV. And with only a handful of channels there wasn't much choice so more often than not one was forced to simply watch "whatever is on". But that meant being exposed to films that I probably would not have watched had I had, growing up, the plethora of options available to us all today.<p>Movies were much more of a luxury back in the day. I'm sure it would have been nice to simply throw in Planet of the Apes whenever I had a hankering to watch it. Waiting week after week after week in the hopes that one of my local stations would air an Ape film, or something with Godzilla, could be frustrating. But when one did air it was met with great enthusiasm and was a real treat.<p>The great thing about home video is being able to enjoy anything that was missed the first time around. Or even better, discover movies that are before my time. Keep up the good work Quint.

  • July 29, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    And the downside of the internet it makes everything available

    by palimpsest

    thus, nothing has value. And because they have no value, things don't get treated with respect. And that's not a recent phenomenon: my parents said the same to me about home video, and previous generations would have heard the same about television, radio and sheet music. So, new rules: enjoy the good stuff; don't piss on anyone else's idea of what good stuff is (tho a bit of debate and banter is more than welcome); and don't act all strange and surprise when people defend their corner. Quint's AMAD column is a fine thing, the current best feature of AICN, and the thing that makes me check this site daily for the new movie and inbetween for the talkback updates. Long may it continue, and the talkbacks that come with it ...

  • July 29, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Hey Quint ... Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster

    by The Spud

    Nice review Quint ... IHW is one of my "must-see" when it's on ... however, one little point of contention: Dana Andrews does indeed play ADM Broderick (Torrey's area commander - "Just how far can I go in dealing with Admiral Broderick, sir?"), it is Patrick O'Neal who plays CMDR Neal Owynn who is the politician (remember when Broderick tell Owynn he's going to be Broderick's liasion to Torrey?) ... Sincerely, The Spud (no relation to Spud McSpud ... at least, that I know of)

  • July 29, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I ran into a similar problem

    by Bloo

    Last night I was at my local wal-mart and I saw that they had the 1943 and 1949 Batman seriels, I expressed an intrest in watching them as I had never seen the seriels from the 40s, a friend of mine, 10 years younger then me, who likes older stuff (i.e. Road to movies, I love Lucy, etc) was like "why would you want to watch THAT"

  • July 29, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Bloo

    by palimpsest

    Try showing your young friend some books...

  • July 29, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Harsh, but fair.

    by palimpsest

  • July 29, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Love Patricia Neal

    by MasterShake

    She's in two of my all time favorite movies, The Day The Earth Stood Still, and The Fountainhead. Do yourself a favor Quint and put the Fountainhead on your list if you havn't seen it, a young Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal heating up the screen. Probably one of the darkest characters Cooper ever played. I have the 5.1 mix Kelly's Heros on DVD, it's wonderful too. So many great character actors in one movie- a must see. Love the column Quint, keep it up.

  • July 29, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Surprised you had not seen it...

    by Yiggy

    A classic filled with great performances. If you watch the movie without knowing about the rape scene, it is truly startling because it is totally unexpected for a film of the time. Overall a great film and you can see why Battlestar Galactica pulled from its characters.

  • July 29, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Quint

    by WealthyPeasant

    I've read this site for years (posts, talk-backs, and all), but I haven't submitted my own comment until now. In Harm's Way is a great film in its own right, but I also have a special affection for it (as well as my father). I was motivated to comment because of (1) 'ol chummy up top, and (2) (the greatness of your reviews in this series aside) my father actually served on the ship that was used in the filming of this movie. It's the USS Saint Paul, and my dad was on it during the Vietnam conflict. If you have the version of this DVD with all the special features, you should take a look at the artillery conditioning drills that some of the actors were involved in for filming preparation -- they needed to look like experienced sailors (i.e. unflinching in the face of concussive blasts from the large guns). I think I remember seeing Kirk Douglas on the deck, peering through binoculars, at an intended "target" I suppose. Every time the guns would fire he looked like he was trying real hard to hold the poop in. My father heard those guns over 40,000 times in the course of his service on board. Anyhoo, keep the posts coming, Quint. Articles like these make me appreciate your knowledge and passion on the subject. It keeps me interested as well. Thanks P.S. There should really be some way to access all of these MAD posts in one place. You know...for future reference. I'd like to be able to refer back to them from time to time as I explore the many wonderful flavors of film out there.

  • July 29, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST

    dvd cover: kirk douglas thinking how to rape natalie wood

    by Prossor

    "oh thats a good idea... muahahahha.... i'm a sick fuck...muaahahahah"

  • July 29, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    A great film that I always enjoy watching...

    by Jubal_Harshaw

    ... primarily for the technical work of cast and crew. It's not a "fun" movie, but I really appreciate the talent of all involved, particularly the ensemble cast and Preminger's direction. Goldsmith's work is, of course, brilliant. But then, that's redundant. I remember an interview with a "golden age" director, I think it was Preminger, saying that there ought to be gaps (missing scenes) in a film because in real life you can never know everything. I always applied that to the gaps in this film. I actually had a conversation with George Takei at a Star Trek con arguing that TOS cast should do a Star Trek "remake" of In Harms Way. I think it would have worked well. We got side tracked on a discussion of his character, Baron Takahashi, in the WW2 war crimes story Prisoners of the Sun (he based it on Ronald Reagan... and we had a "spirited discussion" about that which I think we both had fun with) and never got to finish the IHW discussion, but I stand by my position that it is an ideal vehicle for an ensemble cast, whatever the setting.

  • July 29, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Bill Adama/Saul Tighe

    by randie1313

    Ron Moore has said that the relationship between Adama and Tighe was inspired by Wayne and Douglas in this movie. F'real.

  • July 29, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST

    The funny thing about old movies

    by Lukecash

    There are a lot of them that have some very mature themes and some really dark subject matter.<p> It always surprises me when I see things like rape and adult relations in a movie.

  • July 30, 2008, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Nice, Quint. I'm proud to own this one on dvd.

    by JDanielP

    I think this series of "A Movie A Day" raises awareness of films that might otherwise pass us by. And with a site called AintitCool, this series deserves to be here. Heck, I may have to look into ol' Preminger's directorial career, too. This was a very good flick.

  • truer words have never been spoken. cept there's also the handful of hardcore psychopaths who see it as passing the time.