Norman Mailers classic comes to the big screen courtesy of director Raoul Walsh (Objective, Burma!; High Sierra) and an ensemble of seasoned actors and fresh-faced up-and-comers. Raymond Massey and Cliff Robertson play officers whose opposing views on military leadership are the two poles between which a platoons fate is stretched during the war of the Pacific. Masseys Gen. Cummings advocates fear as the guide to goading men to face death, whereas Robertsons Lt. Hearn vehemently disagrees. Hearn is hard-pressed, however, to find the better nature within the sadistic Sgt. Croft (Aldo Ray), whose own wartime ethos seems to be pure hatred. Pounded inside this crucible are the men of the platoon: pals Roth (Joey Bishop) and Goldstein (Jerry Paris), scout Martinez (Henry Amargo), medic Rhidges (James Best), older vet Red (Robert Gist), Southerner Cpl. Wilson (L.Q. Jones), nerve-case Minetta (Greg Roman) and new father Gallagher (Richard Jaeckel).
Writer: Denis Sanders; Terry Sanders
Producer: Paul Gregory
Genre: War; Drama
AspectRatio: 16 X 9 LETTERBOX, ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 2.35:1
Audio: DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 - English