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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.

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Kenneth Harp ... Lt. Corby / The General
... Sidney
... Fletcher / The Captain (as Steve Coit)
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David Allen ... Narrator (voice)
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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 <[email protected]>

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

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Drama | Thriller | War

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Shape of Fear  »

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$33,000 (estimated)
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The original camera negative was discovered in the late 1980s in the holdings of a now-defunct film storage facility in Puerto Rico, and was acquired by the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, in 1993 (how the negative got to Puerto Rico in the first place remains a mystery. .The OCN is being kept at the Library's National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, VA. See more »

Goofs

Our heroes steal a plane from an enemy military base. However the plane (a Luscombe 8) is clearly a civilian airplane with no military markings whatsoever. It is unlikely an obvious civilian aircraft like this would be on a military base. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Corby: Well, we have nothing to lose but our futures.
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Kubrick's "lost" feature
2 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Fear and Desire is of interest mainly to Kubrick obsessives, who can plumb this pretentious clap trap for signs of his still-to-come greatness. Kubrick was right in seeking to ensure that the film was not screened or available on legitimate video. He considered it embarrassing and amateurish, and he was correct in his evaluation. This is a weak and tedious film--at 68 minutes it still seems longer than "Barry Lyndon"!--it nevertheless is of historical interest, and has its genuine absorbing moments. It's a difficult film to find (only "unofficial" copies are in circulation), though perhaps this may change if Kubrick's estate relents and has it released on video. Recommended only for Kubrick enthusiasts.


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