Otto Preminger's Second World War soap opera, opening in Pearl Harbor on the night before the Day of Infamy, cuts a wide swath and hoes a long row (it was shown originally with an intermission), and it gives a good idea, in down-to-earth human terms, of what it must have been like to be living at the time, gearing up for the fight, paying the cost. The emotional core of the story is the mature romance between John Wayne, at his most gallant, and Patricia Neal, as an undogmatic feminist who's not shy about making her wants known. The climactic battle of toy boats in an indoor pool is fakey and confusing but exciting nonetheless -- a benefit of all the accumulated human interest. Kirk Douglas, Tom Tryon, Paula Prentiss, Burgess Meredith, Brandon De Wilde, Jill Haworth, Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Patrick O'Neal. (1965) — Duncan Shepherd
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