The Naked and the Dead

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Just as Joseph Heller's Catch-22 was to virtually defeat Hollywood a decade later, Norman Mailer's mighty (and mightily important) novel defeated director Walsh and screenwriters Denis and Terry Sanders. In fact, it owes hardly anything to Mailer, except for one or two episodes and the title. What we have is a routine war adventure about a platoon behind enemy lines, directed in Walsh's normal manner (he cares about the action and lets the rest dawdle). The tropical scenery is fine, and only Massey's performance as the fascist-minded general is memorable.

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Duration: 129 mins

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Director: Raoul Walsh
Screenwriter: Denis Sanders, Terry Sanders
Cast: Aldo Ray
Cliff Robertson
Raymond Massey
William Campbell
Richard Jaeckel
James Best
Joey Bishop
LQ Jones
Robert Gist
Barbara Nichols
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