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Fear and Desire (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller, War | 1 April 1953 (USA)
Four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines must confront their fears and desires.

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writer:

Howard Sackler
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Cast

Cast overview:
Frank Silvera ... Mac
Kenneth Harp Kenneth Harp ... Lt. Corby / The General
Paul Mazursky ... Sidney
Stephen Coit ... Fletcher / The Captain (as Steve Coit)
Virginia Leith ... The Girl
David Allen David Allen ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

A ficticious war in an unidentified country provides the setting for this drama. Four soldiers survive the crash-landing of their plane to find themselves in a forest six miles behind enemy lines. The group, led by Lt. Corby, has a plan: They'll make their way to a nearby river, build a raft, and then, under cover of night, float back to friendly territory. Their plans for getting back safely are sidetracked by a young woman who stumbles across them as they hide in the woods, and by the nearby presence of an enemy general who one member of the group is determined to kill. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Taglines:

Trapped... 4 Desperate Men and a Strange Half-Animal Girl!

Genres:

Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shape of Fear See more »

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Budget:

$33,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Kubrick Family See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Stanley Kubrick 's father borrowed from his cash accumulation insurance policy (whole life contract) to fund the film. His uncle, a pharmacist, also put up money to finance the film. See more »

Goofs

When Mac looks from the raft to the house, there are no people in front of it. However. the close shot shows four guards. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Corby: Once you understand how a mousetrap works, if you're clever enough, you can use it as a springboard.
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Referenced in Boxing at the Movies: Kings of the Ring (2013) See more »

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Odd, interesting tale of madness.
13 December 2007 | by goodellaaSee all my reviews

An extra point for style. Kubrick style, without a budget, without experience; don't re-make a hit/classic if you can re-make something like this. The story is interesting but makes no more sense than the madness of war, which is what is depicted. Could be a bit shocking, dealing as it does with moral issues that are so basic many people would rather not admit that they exist. Attempting to depict such weirdness is part of Kubrick's (now) well known genius. Really interesting and sometimes downright good use of camera and sound. Always do your best, dear reader, for even you first movie could be your last.


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