Wake Island [DVD] [1942]

  • SKU: 6686188
  • Release Date: 05/25/2004
  • Rating: NR
Experience the harrowing true-life tale of a group of U.S. Marines who beat the odds to momentarily stave off a Japanese attack on the remote outpost of Wake Island during World War II in Universal Studio's release of this classic war drama. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offering audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Mono with optional French and Spanish subtitles, this release also offers a theatrical trailer for the feature.
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Special Features

  • Theatrical trailer


Wake Island
The winner of four Oscar nominations, Wake Island was one of the first major Hollywood films to deal with America's forced participation in World War II. The first two reels takes place in the weeks prior to Pearl Harbor, as Wake Island military commander Brian Donlevy carries on a friendly rivalry with Seabee supervisor Albert Dekker. Once the US is in the shooting war, all previous differences are forgotten and the Wake Island personnel begin pulling together. Despite being heavily outnumbered during the subsequent Japanese attack on Wake, the Americans put up a valiant fight, at great cost to the Imperial Forces. In a scene calculated to evoke long, loud cheers from the audience, Donlevy, weary and battle-stained, relays to the American mainland the legendary (if offensive) challenge "Send us more Japs!" As in the like-vintage Bataan, the military defeat of the Americans is treated-and justifiably so--as a moral victory. Utilizing some of the top male talents in Paramount's contract pool-Donlevy, Dekker Robert Preston, MacDonald Carey, William Bendix--Wake Island remains an excellent example of propaganda-as-entertainment ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Brian Donlevy
    Brian Donlevy - Maj. Caton
  • Robert Preston
    Robert Preston - Joe Doyle
  • MacDonald Carey
    MacDonald Carey - Lt. Cameron
  • Albert Dekker
    Albert Dekker - Shad McCloskey
  • Barbara Britton
    Barbara Britton - Sally Cameron

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Exciting WWII Action Movie

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    This movie is based on the true story of American Marines who defended Wake Island against the Japanese in World War II. Wake Island is attacked by the Japanese shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack and the outnumbered and outgunned Americans make an heroic stand against the invading enemy.

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