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None But the Brave (1965)

  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 764 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | War
  • Release Date: 24 February 1965 (USA)
  • Runtime: 106 min
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  • IMDb page: None But the Brave (1965)
  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 764 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | War
  • Release Date: 24 February 1965 (USA)
  • Runtime: 106 min
  • Filming Location: Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA
  • Director: Frank Sinatra
  • Stars: Frank Sinatra, Clint Walker, Tatsuya Mihashi | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: John Williams  (as Johnny Williams) 
  • Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (uncredited)

Writing Credits By:

  • John Twist (screenplay) and
  • Katsuya Susaki (screenplay)
  • Kikumaru Okuda (story)

Known Trivia

  • The title is from John Dryden’s poem, “Alexander’s Feast”, stanza 1: “None but the brave/ deserve the fair.”
  • During downtime while shooting the picture, Brad Dexter saved Frank Sinatra from drowning when he dived into the ocean and saved the floundering Sinatra.
  • This movie’s closing end coda states: “Nobody Ever Wins.”

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: The M1 rifle ammunition pouches worn by the Marines are obviously empty, as can be seen from their flat appearance.

Plot: American and Japanese soldiers, stranded on a tiny Pacific island during World War II, must make a temporary… See more » |  »

Story: American and Japanese soldiers, stranded on a tiny Pacific island during World War II, must make a temporary truce and cooperate to survive various tribulations. Told through the eyes of the American and Japanese unit commanders, who must deal with an atmosphere of growing distrust and tension between their men. Written byMartin Booda <>

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • William H. Daniels known as associate producer
  • Howard W. Koch known as executive producer
  • Kikumaru Okuda known as producer
  • Frank Sinatra known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Tatsuya Mihashi known as Lt. Kuroki
  • Takeshi Katô known as Sgt. Tamura (as Takeshi Kato)
  • Homare Suguro known as Lance Cpl. Hirano
  • Kenji Sahara known as Cpl. Fujimoto
  • Masahiko Tanimura known as Lead Pvt. Ando
  • Tôru Ibuki known as Pvt. Arikawa (as Toru Ibuki)
  • Ryucho Shunputei known as Pvt. Okuda
  • Hisao Dazai known as Pvt. Tokumaru
  • Susumu Kurobe known as Pvt. Goro
  • Takashi Inagaki known as Pvt. Ishi
  • Kenichi Hata known as Pvt. Sato
  • Frank Sinatra known as Chief Pharmacist Mate
  • Clint Walker known as Capt. Dennis Bourke
  • Tommy Sands known as 2nd Lt. Blair
  • Brad Dexter known as Sgt. Bleeker
  • Tony Bill known as Air Crewman Keller
  • Sammy Jackson known as Cpl. Craddock
  • Richard Bakalyan known as Cpl. Ruffino
  • Rafer Johnson known as Pvt. Johnson
  • Jimmy Griffin known as Pvt. Dexter
  • Christopher Dark known as Pvt. Searcy
  • Don Dorrell known as Pvt. Hoxie
  • Phillip Crosby known as Pvt. Magee (as Phil Crosby)
  • John Howard Young known as Pvt. Waller
  • Roger Ewing known as Pvt. Swensholm
  • Richard Sinatra known as Pvt. Roth
  • Joe Gray known as (uncredited)
  • Laraine Stephens known as Lorie (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Gordon Bau known as makeup supervisor
  • Shu Uemura known as makeup artist




Production Companies:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
  • Tokyo Eiga Co Ltd. (a co-production of) (for Tokyo Eiga Co. Ltd.) (as Tokyo Eiga Co. Ltd.)
  • Toho Company (a co-production of) (for Tokyo Eiga Co. Ltd.) (as Toho Film)
  • Artanis Productions Inc. (a co-production of) (for Tokyo Eiga Co. Ltd.) (as Artanis Productions, Inc.)
  • Sinatra Enterprises (as A Sinatra Enterprises Production)
  • Toho Film (Eiga) Co. Ltd.

Other Companies:

  • Hawaiian National Guard  we wish to thank, for their aid and cooperation, which made the production of this picture possible (as the Hawaiian National Guard)
  • United States Department of Defense, The  we wish to thank, for their aid and cooperation, which made the production of this picture possible (as the United States Department of Defense)
  • United States Marine Corps  we wish to thank, for their aid and cooperation, which made the production of this picture possible (as the United States Marine Corps)
  • United States Navy, The  we wish to thank, for their aid and cooperation, which made the production of this picture possible (as the United States Navy)


  • Warner Bros. Pictures (1965) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) (1970) (USA) (TV)
  • Warner Home Video (1991) (USA) (VHS) (pan and scan)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Toho Special Effects Group (special effects)

Release Date:

  • USA 24 February 1965
  • Sweden 17 May 1965
  • West Germany 20 May 1965
  • Austria August 1965
  • Finland 27 August 1965
  • Spain 6 December 1965
  • Turkey January 1968



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. comix-man from USA
    08 Mar 2013, 9:00 am

    Can circumstances turn bitter enemies fighting for their countries intotruefriends? None But the Brave attempts to answer this question with auniquelook at the relationship between two companies of enemy soldiers duringWorld War II. This 1965 film is a character study of the two groups&#61485; one American, the other Japanese. Marooned together on anisland,they are forced into a reluctant cease-fire in order to help each othersurvive.

    Frank Sinatra plays Chief Pharmacist Maloney, an alcoholic medic. Asalways, `Ol’ Blue Eyes’ shines with his great performance, proving howincredibly underrated he is as an actor. His co-stars are Tatsuya Mihashias Lieutenant Kuroki and Clint Walker as Captain Bourke. The poignantstoryis told from the perspective of Kuroki, the ranking Japanese soldier.Mihashi performs brilliantly as a man driven to honor his country, but inhis heart carries deep hatred for violence and `admires men’s works. nottheir destruction.’ Walker’s portrayal as Bourke, an American soldierhaunted by his past, is outstanding. Kuroki and Bourke’s positions areparalleled throughout the film as they struggle to keep their men undercontrol in the middle of nowhere.

    Sinatra was more than one of the film’s stars. In a bit of multitasking,healso produced and displayed his directing skills in his only directorialendeavor. It is very apparent that the filmmakers tried extremely hard todisplay fair portrayals of both sides. For instance, there were threewriters, Kikumaru Okuda and Katsuya Susaki, both Japanese, and John Twist,an American.

    It was surprising that John Williams, credited as Johnny Williams,composedthe musical score for this film. This was a rare opportunity to see justhow much is skills have evolved since 1965, which of course is to beexpected. While the music was entertaining, it did not reach the caliberofmost of his soundtracks from around 1974 and up.

    This was an excellent motion picture. It gets all points for writing andacting. The directing was quite good. My only criticism is that some ofthe action scenes could have been more dynamic. Sinatra apparentlydecidedto use a very straightforward approach with the camerawork. This resultedin somewhat stagnant feel to the battle scenes where a slightly differentangle would have made all the difference. This may have been on purpose,asthis was not a typical shoot ’em up, drag ’em out war film, but had amuchmore intelligent story.

    7 out of 10

  2. greenheart from United Kingdom
    08 Mar 2013, 9:00 am

    A very different type of war or in this case, anti-war movie. Effectiveplane crash at the beginning, I wonder if this is where the current TVseries ‘Lost’ got some of its insperation. This is a cleverly writtenpiece, with the similarities between sides and the appreciation ofcommand and position brilliantly observed. I think Frank Sinatra washugely underrated as a movie star. However, I found him disappointinghere. Sure, he can play a drunk with his eyes shut, but the doctor is acomplex and excellent potential character role that we never sawexplored. Sinatra looked as if his mind was elsewhere and probably asdirector, it was and his character was totally unbelievable. This isnot to distract from an original, well acted and in truth, touchingpiece that has a very strong message to deliver.

  3. bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
    08 Mar 2013, 9:00 am

    It's probably a mistake to say that this is Frank Sinatra's only effortat directing. Truth be told, starting with Ocean's 11, he directedabout half the films he was in, whoever's name is in the credits wasjust a puppet. Frank was also producing as well, probably though hedidn't want the public to get the idea he was Orson Welles.

    Maybe it would have taken an Orson Welles to have made None But theBrave a classic film, but Sinatra in his only formal effort atdirecting doesn't do a bad job except for his then son-in-law TommySands. In fact he anticipates Clint Eastwood's Iwo Jima films by 40years.

    This isn't Iwo Jima exactly, it's a small backwater island in thePacific where a squad of Japanese soldiers have been cut off and areliving off the land so to speak. A Navy transport plane is shot downwith a squad of U.S. Marines on board. Pilot Clint Walker crash landssafely on that selfsame island and saves most of them, but they arealso cut off.

    After a lot skirmishing mostly between Walker and Sands with Walkertrying to prevent newly commissioned second lieutenant Sands from doingsomething stupid like charging the Japanese headlong, the two groupsagree to opt out of World War II. An interesting thing happens, bothfind that they have a lot in common. We already know that in seeing thefilm from the Japanese point also with subtitles.

    The Japanese players are unknown to we occidentals for the most part,but I looked and found several like, Tatsuya Mihashi as the Japanesecommander, Takeshi Kato as their sergeant, and Homere Suguro as thecorporal who has his leg amputated by Frank Sinatra had substantialcareers in Japanese cinema. The player on that side I liked mosthowever was Ryucho Shunputei as the simple Japanese private who fishesand quite frankly is the key to their survival. I'm betting he wasn'texactly in the Samurai tradition in combat, but his skill at theprofession he left behind is keeping his whole group alive.

    For himself Frank Sinatra took the part of a Navy Corpsman who is theonly non-Marine beside Walker on the American side. The part fits himquite well indeed. This was the film where Brad Dexter who's the Marinesergeant in the film saved Frank Sinatra from drowning when old BlueEyes was swimming and was nearly swept out to sea by the undertow. BingCrosby's son Phil had a small role as one of the Marines, no doubt afavor from Old Blue Eyes to the Old Groaner.

    Frank Sinatra could be vindictive however and I had never thought aboutit before, but another reviewer's comments about Tommy Sands made mereconsider his performance. Maybe Frank was actually trying to mess hiscareer up. Sands as the green second lieutenant is almost a caricatureof one. He's so bad in the role, maybe it was lousy directing for himonly.

    Other than that, Frank did not do a half bad job. It's not a greatfilm, but it's not bad either and it does raise some interestingquestions about people in combat situations.

  4. Paul Dana ( from San Francisco, CA USA
    08 Mar 2013, 9:00 am

    There’s a clumsiness to 1965’s "None But The Brave" that you reallyshouldn’t let get in your way of the film. The clumsiness is due to FrankSinatra’s direction — he was a far, far better actor than a director, andwisely chose never to direct another film — and it exposes itself mostprominently in the film’s heavy-handed "flashback" sequences.

    Having gotten that out of the way, let’s consider the filmitself.World War II, a small island in the Pacific: a group of marooned GIs findthemselves sharing space with an equally marooned group of Japanesesoldiers. Reluctantly, a truce evolves; each side has something the otherneeds. During that truce, enemies develop — if not a true friendship –atleast an understanding, an empathy, and a respect for, each other. Thistruce, of course, cannot endure. The outside world — and the war — mustimpose itself, and each side reacts according to its own sense of honorandduty. Rightly so.

    Some reviewers have chosen to label this an ‘anti-war’ film. Perhaps itis.Myself, I prefer to think of it, rather, as a ‘pro-humanity’ film, onewhich recognizes that man will pit himself against man time and timeagain,and for reasons that may or may not be the best, but that — in the end –we can, each of us, even in the midst of the most horrific conflictimaginable, step away, even if only for the briefest of moments (ortruces),and deal with each other as human beings.

    That’s what happens in "None But The Brave."

    And if the ending is less than satisfactory, maybe it serves to makes useach wish for a better one . . . and a better world!

  5. Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH
    08 Mar 2013, 9:00 am

    In the midst of WWII, a pair of American transport planes (each full ofMarines) is shot down. One (piloted by Walker) manages to crash land on anearby uncharted island which happens to be inhabited by a small contingentof Japanese soldiers. Directed by Sinatra (in his one and only try), thefilm demonstrates the parallels and differences between these small units ofsoldiers on opposing sides and with varying backgrounds. Much of the filmis devoted to the Japanese point of view as they are led by Mihashi (andmost of it is presented in their native tongue with subtitles.) The restconcerns Walker, who takes charge of the remaining men, Sinatra, a boozymedic, Sands, a hopelessly eager upstart and Dexter, a grizzled Sergeant. Hostility between the enemies finally gives way to a sort of truce, or atleast a cease-fire, until finally the men must live up to their country’sexpectations of eliminating each other. There’s a lot of good in the film. It was an early example of showing more than one perspective with regards toenemies of America and it demonstrates, at times rather well, the ultimatefutility and wastefulness of war. However, Sinatra, as a director, is in abit over his head and the film is often static or choppy in it’s narrative. There are also a ridiculous amount of scenes in which characters stay alivesimply because either the enemy stops shooting (for no reason) or elsemisses by a mile. A lot of this could have been rectified in the staging ofthe battle sequences. Sinatra’s role in the film is actually a supportingone, mostly consisting of one queasy, unbearably nerve-tingling sequence inwhich he is traded to the Japanese in order to perform surgery on one oftheir men. Otherwise, he is just onhand to provide the occasional snarkyremark. Walker is a tower of virility and quiet strength. NO ONE wore ahelmet like him or filled out their fatigues with more monument-like beauty. His enthralling baritone voice and piercing, ice-blue eyes make sittingthrough this film a little more enjoyable than it could have been withouthim. Sands is so unintentionally hilarious and so jaw-droppingly bad thathis scenes ascend into some crazed, parodic comic stratosphere! WHAT was hethinking? It’s like some teenage punk decided to portray a soldier the wayhe always dreamed of when in his sandbox as a child. His jaw, his posture,his accent…..all combine to create a memorably uproarious caricature. Dexter (the always-forgotten member of "The Magnificent Seven") has a coupleof decent moments, notably in a conflict with Walker. Other soldiers areportrayed by healthy-looking, earnest actors who fit their roles well,though most of them don’t get a chance to really shine. There are two verybrief flashbacks by Mihashi and Walker that present the lady loves of theirlives. Walker’s is played (with hair and make-up that are about as 1940’sas Sharon Tate in "Valley of the Dolls"!) by Stephens in her film debut. Though uneven, the film succeeds in presenting the enemy as human and inpromoting the power of goodwill. The fact that Walker, in every frame, isbreathtakingly handsome is gravy. (Oddly, he is pictured NOWHERE on thevideo box even though he is actually the leading man of the film!)

  6. Leslie Howard Adams ( from Texas
    08 Mar 2013, 9:00 am

    Over in the trivia section of the IMDb there is a submission that readssomething like…"When he (Tommy Sands)divorced Frank’s kid (her nameis Nancy), Sinatra allegedly saw to it that his (Sand’s) career wentpermanently on the rocks"…or something like that. Statements likethat should be followed by telling exactly just how this wasaccomplished. This film, "None But the Brave" may contain the answer.It was directed (none too well at that) by Mr. Sinatra, and Mr. Sands,in every scene he is in and every line he speaks, gives the mostshrill, bizarre, over-the-top, irritating,mind-boggling, irksome,get-the-hook, somebody-please-shoot-him performance ever seen in amovie that had a budget of over $1200. He was not good enough as anactor to have been that bad on purpose. He was not good enough of anactor to have been that bad accidentally. Only a director on a missioncan take a performer to the depths reached by Tommy Sands in this film.Thanks a lot, Dad.

  7. lord woodburry ( from The Society NY
    08 Mar 2013, 9:00 am

    I saw None But The Brave first run when it came out. It has to stand out inthe WWII genre as one of the few that see the Japanese as human and showjust a little understanding for their point of view.

    The Japanese author constructed a Japanese unit mirroring an American one:replete with the tough sergeant and a bunch of kids too young to die, addingto it the buddist monk who wound up in the Imperial Japanese Army forpraying for peace at the wrong time.

    "I don’t suppose," the Japanese LT asks the American Captain (Clint Walker),"you can just forget we’re here."

    The enemy no matter how much you hate him/her has a story worth telling.Only a fool in blind self-righteous fury can think otherwise.

    The American cast Clint Walker, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Sands, and SammyJackson (later to play the stereotype of the US GI in the TV version of NoTime For Sergeants)rendered a bravura performance.

    The anti-war tone is as subtle as it is convincing with realistic scenes offirefights. The Japanese even with the odds against them are tough fightersto the bitter end.

    It’s an excellent film well worth revisiting. Comparable films include WEWERE SOLDIERS, THE ENEMY BENEATH, ALL’S QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, BREAKERMORANT and PRISONERS OF THE SUN.

  8. BOB AUDET ( from Maplewood NJ
    08 Mar 2013, 9:00 am

    A plane load of US Marines crashlands on a Pacific Island held by Japanesesoldiers during WW2. The Marines include a green lieutenant (Sands), aveteran sergeant (Dexter) and a medic (Sinatra). Clint Walker plays thepilot who is more than just a pilot.

    The Japanese have been bypassed by their own and are seeking a way off theisland. There are a few skirmishes with the Marines and then a"truce".

    But how long will it hold for?

    Good characters, story and actors make it worth watching.

  9. SgtSlaughter from St. Davids, Pennsylvania, USA
    08 Mar 2013, 9:00 am

    When you get right down to it, war is a pointless human endeavor. Allit causes is death and destruction. When we use war to achieve a rightevent (such as the defeat of Nazism in World War II), it was oftenavoidable had some other peaceful action been taken earlier. Proper,humane treatment of Germany after World War I may have prevented theoutbreak of World War II. "None But the Brave" is an earnest attempt toshow that the differences between men in war can often be settledpeacefully, and working together for mutual survival often assurespeace and serenity.

    The plot of the movie is rather straightforward. A plane carrying abouta dozen American soldiers crashes on a small Pacific atoll, where theremnants of a Japanese garrison have been all but forgotten by theirsuperiors. About equal in numbers, the two opposing parties attempt tofight it out, but then realize the hopelessness of confrontation, andinstead form a peace in order to share fresh water, food, and medicalsupplies.

    The two leads, Clint Walker ("The Dirty Dozen") and Tatsuya Mihashi("Tora! Tora! Tora!") both shine in their roles. The two men areparallels: both have a sense of patriotism and devotion to their nationand the men under their command, yet both are humanists who see nopoint in destruction. During the truce, the two form a true friendship,coming to understand their respective backgrounds and personal lifestories with respect and admiration for each other.

    The supporting cast is generally filled with clichéd, familiarcharacters (a tough sergeant, a grizzled corporal, some inexperiencedgrunts, etc.), but the story really isn’t about them. Tommy Sands ("TheLongest Day") plays a green lieutenant out for blood, and his acting isfar over the top. There’s a story behind this, and it’s unfortunatethat his delivery strongly distracts from the story. Frank Sinatra haslittle to do, as he was busy in the director’s chair, but there is agreat extended scene revolving around a leg amputation where hislimited dialog and great facial expressions more than deliver thegoods. When Sinatra had substantial screen time, he used it well, butunfortunately he didn’t give himself enough to do and his character isbasically a waste of energy.

    Director of Photography Harold Lipstein ("Hell is for Heroes") does afantastic job with the Pacific locations. The steamy tropical jungletruly comes alive, especially during a fabulous scene in which amonsoon sweeps over the island. Sinatra’s direction lacks flair, andmost of the action sequences are straightforward and bland. Thefirefight revolving around a Japanese boat is also grim and gritty; andthe final confrontation between the Japanese and Americans reallydelivers, mostly because of the blatant anti-war message which comesabout 30 seconds after the shooting stops.

    The movie features a rather boring score by John Williams (who was juststarting to break into writing film scores in 1965; most of his workhad been in television prior to this film). Eiji Tsuburaya (of"Godzilla") fame supervised the special effects work, andunfortunately, I have always found his work below-par when compared tosome of the innovations Hollywood could afford during this period.There’s a scene in which two model planes on strings blast away at eachother in the same manner toy airplanes fired rockets at monsters asthey attacked Tokyo. I can understand the Japanese cast and crew, sincethis was a joint production, but someone else should have been runningthe special effects department.

    These are just minor nitpicks. Sinatra does a very good job directingthis film and he has taken far too much criticism from other reviewers.The statements made in this film are bold and honest, and there aremany moving moments. The final act is a brilliant exercise depictingthe waste and futility of war. If everyone could not only watch, butunderstand the philosophy portrayed in this movie, perhaps the worldwould be a more peaceful place.

  10. sweetlips from southern california
    08 Mar 2013, 9:00 am

    Although some of the characters may be stereotypes (the twirp LT and thecrusty SGT) there is a lot to this movie that makes it worthwhile viewing.However, whenever i see this movie in the listings, i always tune in …thebeautiful Clint Walker is the main attraction. Can’t take my eyes offhim!!Gorgeous eyes and that physique … definitely what a Real Man should looklike!!

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