The Naked and the Dead (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Naked and the Dead (1958)




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Based on Norman Mailer's best-selling but controversial account of WW II life in the Pacific Rim, this gripping war drama is set upon a remote island where a small platoon is stationed. Most of the plot centers on the infighting between the men and the growing tension between the enlisted men and their officers, something that could destroy them.


Aldo Ray
as Sgt. Croft
Cliff Robertson
as Lt. Hearn
Raymond Massey
as Gen. Cummings
Richard Jaeckel
as Gallagher
James Best
as Ridges
Jerry Paris
as Goldstein
L.Q. Jones
as Wilson
Max Showalter
as Dalleson
John Beradino
as Mantelli
Greg Roman
as Minetta
Henry Amargo
as Martinez
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Critic Reviews for The Naked and the Dead

All Critics (6)

A flawed yet fascinating motion picture, one that traffics in gritty intensity yet also makes room for the expected concessions to convention and cliche.

January 24, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A good, appropriately ape-like cast working through two hours and ten minutes to a moral and moderately happy ending that looks (when you compare it with the tone of the rest) unbearably contrived.

July 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Waters down Norman Mailer's 721 page salty 1948 bestseller novel based on his own experiences during WW II in the South Pacific.

January 11, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Powerful anti war drama, with great landscape photography

May 28, 2005 | Full Review…

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