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Format: DVD
Sku: 40704714
UPC: 043396106703
UPC 14: 00043396106703
Rating: NR
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A british captain goes on a raid in world war II libya with a major he knows his wife has slept with.
Editor's Note
Nicholas Ray's (REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE) masterpiece of anti-war sentiment is one of his lesser-known films, but it is nonetheless possessed of a subtle complexity and existential ambiguity that render it one of his most poignant. Set during WWII and unfolding mostly in the deserts of Libya, the film establishes a rivalry between its two main characters from the very beginning. The charismatic Captain James Leith (Richard Burton, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF) and his cowardly superior, Major David Brand (Curt Jurgens, AND GOD CREATED WOMAN), both accept a dangerous assignment to be sent to Libya to recover top-secret documents. Before they depart, Brand sees his wife Jane (Ruth Roman, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN) dancing with the Captain, and becomes enflamed with jealousy; it turns out that Leith and Jane were lovers before the war. The rest of the exposition traces the two men's journey, made even more perilous by their intense enmity, and moves toward a climactic ending that plays up the absurdity of war. Refusing to draw a clear division between hero and villain, Ray highlights the way war ultimately reduces everyone to the same petty motivations and empty rhetoric.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Mono Audio, Black & White, Japanese, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/27/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 102 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1957
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 10670
Video UPC UPC: 00043396106703
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Japanese
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anthony Bushell
Video Cast Info Curd Jurgens
Video Cast Info Raymond Pellegrin
Video Cast Info Richard Burton
Video Cast Info Ruth Roman
Video Cast Info Jean d'Eaubonne - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Leonide Azar - Editor
Video Cast Info Maurice Leroux - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Michael Kelber - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Nicholas Ray - Director
Video Cast Info Nicholas Ray - Writer
Video Cast Info Paul Graetz - Producer
Video Cast Info Rene Hardy - Based On Novel By


Venice Film Festival (1957)
   Video Award Name Nicholas Ray, Nominee, Golden Lion

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Burton,Richard
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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