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Experience the harrowing true-life tale of a group of U.S. Marines who beat the odds to momentarily stave off a Japanese attack on the remote outpost of Wake Island during World War II in Universal Studio's release of this classic war drama. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offering audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Mono with optional French and Spanish subtitles, this release also offers a theatrical trailer for the feature.
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Overview

Experience the harrowing true-life tale of a group of U.S. Marines who beat the odds to momentarily stave off a Japanese attack on the remote outpost of Wake Island during World War II in Universal Studio's release of this classic war drama. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offering audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Mono with optional French and Spanish subtitles, this release also offers a theatrical trailer for the feature.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A tremendous financial and critical success in its time, Wake Island is a fine and effective war movie. The passage of time has rendered it more valuable as an example of well-wrought propaganda than of a great drama. There are almost no grays in Wake Island; practically everything is set out in clear, black-and-white terms. This helps to make it a rousing adventure, but it also makes it more than a little manipulative, a fact that is brought home on repeated viewings. Still, John Farrow directs with a great deal of energy, imbuing the film with tautness and tension, staging the battles scenes with remarkable effectiveness. He's also good at helping keep the various members of the cast identifiable with distinct character traits that border on caricature but don't too often cross the line. Brian Donlevy does a fine job as the glue which holds the film (and the men) together; he gets especially fine support from Robert Preston and William Bendix, who display real chemistry in their scenes together. Modern audiences won't get the same punch from Wake Island as did those in 1942, but fans of war films will definitely want to catch it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • UPC: 025192501821
  • Original Release: 1942
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,950

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Donlevy Maj. Caton
Robert Preston Joe Doyle
MacDonald Carey Lt. Cameron
Albert Dekker Shad McCloskey
Barbara Britton Sally Cameron
William Bendix Smacksie Randall
Mikhail Rasumny Probenzki
Walter Abel Commander Roberts
Damian O'Flynn Capt. Patrick
Bill Goodwin Sgt. Higbee
Phillip Terry Private Warren
Don Castle Private Cunkle
Rod Cameron Capt. Lewis
Frank Albertson Johnny Rudd
Holly Bane 1st Lieutenant
Hugh Beaumont Captain
Hillary Brooke
James Brown Wounded Marine
Jack Chapin Squeaky Simpkins
Dane Clark Marine
Angel Cruz Rodrigo
Edward Earle Commander
Frank Faylen Wounded Marine
Mary Field Miss Pringle
William Forrest Maj. Johnson
Alan Hale Jr. Sight Setter
Richard Loo Mr. Saburo Kurusu
Patti McCarty Girls at Inn
Ivan Miller Colonel
Jack Mulhall Dr. Parkman
Anthony Nace Gordon
George Nielson Charles Trowbridge
Keith Richards Sparks Wilcox
Willard Robertson Col. Cameron
Rudy Robles Triunfo
John Sheehan Pete Hogan
Mary Thomas Cynthia Caton
Charles Trowbridge George Nielson
Philip Van Zandt Cpl. Goebbels
Marvin Jones Tommy
Technical Credits
John Farrow Director
Frank Bracht Editor
W.R. Burnett Screenwriter
Frank R. Butler Screenwriter
David Buttolph Score Composer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Earl Hedrick Art Director
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Joseph Sistrom Producer
Theodor Sparkuhl Cinematographer
LeRoy Stone Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Aloha (Main Titles) [5:02]
2. The Honeymoon's Over [4:51]
3. A Friendly Wager [5:41]
4. No Brig Here [5:25]
5. Japanese Envoy [4:44]
6. Pearl Harbor Attacked [6:18]
7. Air Raid on Wake [6:51]
8. A Thorough Job [3:41]
9. Back in Uniform [5:58]
10. An Old Chinese Trick [5:37]
11. Open Fire [5:21]
12. Bombing Mission [5:07]
13. Cut Down [2:38]
14. Still Holding [4:04]
15. Calm Before the Storm [3:55]
16. Come and Get Us [5:47]
17. Landing Parties [2:53]
18. Not the End [3:38]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Languages
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
   Trailer
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