BN.com Gift Guide

Never So Few

( 1 )

Overview

Action director John Sturges had a few good films behind him Bad Day at Black Rock, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and a few more to come The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven when he put together this colorful story of wartime romance. In addition to his talents as a director, this saga of an American Captain stationed with his Allied command in Burma during World War II is helped by a stellar cast. Frank Sinatra is Captain Tom Reynolds who is supposed to be battling the Japanese in Burma but gets side-tracked ...
See more details below
This VHS is Not Available through BN.com
Marketplace
BN.com

All Available Formats & Editions

Overview

Action director John Sturges had a few good films behind him Bad Day at Black Rock, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and a few more to come The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven when he put together this colorful story of wartime romance. In addition to his talents as a director, this saga of an American Captain stationed with his Allied command in Burma during World War II is helped by a stellar cast. Frank Sinatra is Captain Tom Reynolds who is supposed to be battling the Japanese in Burma but gets side-tracked when his unit and his Kachin allies are attacked by Chiang Kai-shek's forces. In supporting roles are Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen about to make his mark on the big screen, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford, Brian Donlevy, and several others. After General Chiang's attack, Captain Reynolds leads the remainder of his men into Nationalist Chinese territory for a fast retaliation -- basically a wholesale slaughter. He is called on the carpet for this action later, and his would-be love, Carla Vesari Lollobrigida is suddenly faced with a decision to stay with her current man Paul Heinreid or take off for the unknown USA with the American Captain.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
From all reports, the book from which Never So Few is adapted is a gripping read, and one that raises some interesting questions about appropriate behavior during times of war by men in dangerous and stressful situations. Unfortunately, the film of Few is at best only a moderately effective war movie, and one which pays only lip service to the ethical quandaries it raises. Part of the problem is that the film keeps working in fits and starts without ever really catching fire, and most of those fits and starts are due to the filmmakers' decision to let a ridiculous love story keep interrupting the action. Things are not helped by the fact that there is next to no chemistry between the purported lovers, Frank Sinatra and Gina Lollobrigida. Sinatra also seems a bit uncomfortable in the film, as if he didn't really "get" the role and so alternates between overdoing and shrugging his way through it. The rest of the men are good, including Peter Lawford and Richard Johnson. But it's some of the (then) "smaller" names that get the attention here, including a very young Dean Jones (far from his Disney self) and Charles Bronson. But the best performance by far is from Steve McQueen; it's only a supporting role (originally intended for Sammy Davis Jr.), but he grabs hold of the screen when he's on it and makes a very definite impression. Director John Sturges finds some moments that are memorable, but this is far from his best work.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • UPC: 027616051134
  • Original Release: 1959
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Warner)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Tom C. Reynolds
Gina Lollobrigida Carla Vesari
Peter Lawford Capt. Grey Travis
Steve McQueen Bill Ringa
Richard Johnson Capt. Danny de Mortimer
Paul Henreid Nikko Regas
Brian Donlevy Gen. Sloane
Dean Jones Sgt. Jim Norby
Charles Bronson Sgt. John Danforth
Philip Ahn Nautaung
Robert Bray Col. Fred Parkson
Kipp Hamilton Margaret Fitch
John Hoyt Col. Reed
Whit Bissell Capt. Alofson
Richard Lupino Mike Island
Aki Aleong Billingsly
Ross Elliott Dr. Barry
Maggie Pierce Nurse
Leon Lontoc Laurel
George Takei Soldier
Technical Credits
John Sturges Director
Lee Le Blanc Special Effects
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Edmund Grainger Producer
Addison Hehr Art Director
Robert R. Hoag Special Effects
Millard Kaufman Screenwriter
Richard A. Pefferle Set Decoration/Design
Hans Peters Art Director
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Ferris Webster Editor
Charles Wolcott Musical Direction/Supervision
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Philosophical and True

    As is usually the case, not as good as the book. However it is fairly true to the story. One of those cases where the Government or Military leadership really screws the guys in the field.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews