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Never So Few (1959) was a Drama - War Film directed by John Sturges and produced by Edmund Grainger.

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On Blu-ray: The Vibrant Casts of Home From the Hill (1960) and Never So Few (1959)

By KC on Sep 21, 2018 From Classic Movies

Sometimes, no matter what other elements are at play, the pure starpower of the actors onscreen dominate a film. The biggest draw of Never So Few (1959) and Home From the Hill (1960) is the unusual composition of their casts. Both have a fascinating, somewhat off-kilter mix of old and new Hollywood.... Read full article


Never So Few (1959)

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

John Sturges’ Never So Few (1959) is part WWII drama and part exotic melodrama. Inspired by true events, it follows the story of American and British troops in Burma (now Myanmar) working on an attack on the Japanese but are in turn attacked by Chinese guerrillas. The troop is led by Captain R... Read full article


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Capt. Danny De Mortimer: [DeMortimer and the others have arrived in time for a Christmas banquet put together by the Kachins. Unfamiliar foods abound] A little breast of peacock, water buffalo... and the tiniest dollop of monkey brains. I'm a hairy brute with an empty stomach.


Capt. Tom Reynolds: [Referring to the American supply detachment that is supposed to truck weapons from the Chinese border to Reynolds and his men in support of their impending raid on Ubachi airfield] That's a lousy detail. I'd rather shinny up a thorn tree with an armful of eels.


Carla Vesari: If I stay with you, Nikko, it won't be because I'm afraid of you.
Nikko Regas: In this day and age, my dear, fear is a very good basis for a relationship.


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Steve McQueen's role was originally going to be played by Sammy Davis Jr.. A feud had broken out between Davis and Frank Sinatra after Davis had claimed in a radio interview that he was a greater singer than Sinatra. Sinatra demanded he be dropped from the cast, and McQueen got the part.
This movie is based on the real-life story of World War II's OSS Detachment 101. This was an OSS Operations Group designed to specialize in activities in the China-Burma-India region in collaboration with the Kachin Rangers and other Allied special operations units.
According to the Australian DVD sleeve notes, this was Italian Gina Lollobrigida's first movie that she made in Hollywood.
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