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||IMDB Rating: 5.9/10 from 2,132 votes
||Release: 7 December 1959 (USA) /
||Genre: Action, Drama, War
||Director: John Sturges,
||Stars: Brian Donlevy, Charles Bronson, Dean Jones, Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, John Hoyt, Kipp Hamilton, Paul Henreid, Peter Lawford, Philip Ahn, Richard Johnson, Richard Lupino, Robert Bray, Steve McQueen, Whit Bissell
||Synopsis: Captain Tom Reynolds and his band of skilled O.S.S. operatives are in WWII Burma to train the Kachin natives in modern warfare. But jungle combat, particularly against a Japanese army as familiar with the terrain as the Kachin, is more grueling than Reynolds had reckoned. Some respite is found in the arms of beautiful Carla, but after Chinese rebels cross the border to loot and murder American soldiers, Reynolds abandons all notions of "military protocol" and seeks requital. Written by Chris Stone <[email protected]>
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"Never So Few" fails in so many ways; as a treatment of the Burma
campaign in World War II; as a tough-nosed action picture; as an
involving melodrama; and most especially, as a vehicle for star Frank
Sinatra was too busy playing soldier and practicing his cool look to
bother constructing an interesting character; a strange bitter vibe
hangs over his performance. Oddly, it was another actor who managed to
take the little "Never So Few" had to offer in the way of career
advancement: Steve McQueen. Up to this point, he had done "The Blob"
and TV, but his comfortable natural bearing around Sinatra's star
wattage shows he could hold his own with the big boys, even when the
script gave him little to work with.
McQueen is Sgt. Ringa, a jeep driver who finds himself drafted for more
dangerous duty when commando leader Tom Reynolds (Sinatra) takes a
shine to his street-smart ways. Reynolds leads a small band of Kachin
fighters in the hilly jungles of Burma, continually harassing a
Japanese force many times its size.
"A regular Abe Lincoln in North Burma" is what rich merchant Nikko
Regas calls him. Regas is part of the other story in "Few", the man
whose girl (Gina Lollabrigida) Reynolds wants. The exotic Lollabrigida
and the world-weary chain-smoking Sinatra are clearly meant to invite
comparisons to Rick and Ilsa, and Paul Henreid cements the impression
by playing Nikko as much the same character he was in "Casablanca".
None of this comes together, though. In fact, the two parts fail to
co-exist at all. You get 20 minutes of war followed by 40 minutes of
earnest love talk, then back to the war. The war scenes are about as
competently directed as an episode of "The Rat Patrol", with
idiotically sequenced insert shots (like soldiers shooting up at people
we then see falling in a river) and noble, servile Kachin dying with
meek apologies to "Dua" Reynolds. War is hell for Tom, who loses both
his monkey and his favorite gun caddy, a faithful Kachin who hands him
a new automatic every time Reynolds empties a magazine on the enemy.
The romance is even worse. Sinatra and Lollabrigida have no chemistry,
she can't act, and director John Sturges' idea of story advancement is
to focus on her bustline and hope you don't notice the dialogue. And
Him: "I hanker for you alone."
Her: "Why don't you go back to the hills and play with your popguns!"
Henreid warns Lollabrigida he won't let her go then disappears for the
rest of the movie, leaving Lollabrigida and Sinatra to kiss like dead
fish in front of bad process shots.
The film generates a bit of interest an hour or so in, when Reynolds
and his men discover the Japanese are not the only force they have to
fight. But the resolution of this angle is both trite and ugly,
involving the wholesale slaughter of captured prisoners while the
camera focuses on Sinatra, looking so sad his previously disapproving
medic (Peter Lawford, better than usual here) has to pat his shoulder
to let him and the audience know it's alright.
McQueen at least mines his on-screen time to showcase his talents as an
action man, and occasional scene stealer with the aid of handy props,
like a slice of watermelon or a mortar. Competing with Charles Bronson,
Brian Donlevy, and Richard Johnson as Reynolds' monocle-wearing British
pal, McQueen hardly has to break a sweat.
The worst performance here is Sinatra's, who just drips with
self-importance, whether wearing an ugly goatee (Mitch Miller must have
really got to him) or trying to sound like Hemingway with stiff lines
like: "You have tasted the pain of wound in combat." Sinatra was not
just good but great in parts where he allowed himself to project
insecurity. But too often, when permitted to coast, he gave
performances like this one, showcasing the boor he could be in life
from time to time.
"Never So Few" drags for more than two hours, long enough to listen to
four of his Capitol albums. Guess which is a better investment of your
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, Charles Bronson
, Dean Jones
, Frank Sinatra
, Gina Lollobrigida
, John Hoyt
, Kipp Hamilton
, Paul Henreid
, Peter Lawford
, Philip Ahn
, Richard Johnson
, Richard Lupino
, Robert Bray
, Steve McQueen
, Whit Bissell
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