Tale of two warriors forced to co-exist. Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune comprise the entire cast of this World War II drama, directed with an uncertain hand by John Boorman.
Lalo Schifrin could not have served worse the purposes of the film. Phony suspense bits – snapping twigs, etc. – are punched to death through maladroit composing. Net effect of this is the impression that there have got to be 50 musicians lurking just off-camera. Marvin’s arresting screen presence requires appreciative surrounding characters, none of which are present, or meant to be. Mifune gets few chances to project three-dimensional characterization.
Hell in the Pacific
Selmur. Dir John Boorman; Producer Reuben Bercovitch; Screenplay Alexander Jacobs, Eric Bercovici; Camera Conrad Hall; Editor Thomas Stanford; Music Lalo Schifrin Art Dir Anthony D.G. Pratt, Masao Yamazaki
(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 103 MIN.
Lee Marvin Toshiro Mifune