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Seven Were Saved

A Japanese colonel accused of war-crimes hijacks a military transport plane.
Seven Were Saved
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1945
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) English

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Japanese war criminal, Colonel Yamura, is being flown to Manila to stand trial. Midway through the flight, Yamura overpowers his guards and attempts to hijack the plane. In a violent struggle, the pilot loses control of the aircraft, which plummets into the cold shark infested waters of the South China Sea. Eight people, including Captain Yamura, scramble into a life raft as the plane sinks below the waves. In the desperate days that follow, dehydration, sharks and monsoon rains take their toll on the group, as suspicions and wartime hatreds fester. Their only hope is the slim chance of being spotted by the Air-Sea Rescue flight teams.

Reminiscent of Lifeboat, Hitchcock's 1944 classic, Seven Were Saved is a taut human drama with several surprising twists. Star Richard Denning is best remembered today for his roles in the 1950s sci-fi classics, Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Target Earth (1954), and The Day the World Ended (1955). He also garnered a fan following for playing Jerry North in the "Mr. And Mrs. North" TV series (1952-1954).

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Customer Rating: Rating 4.3
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Rating 4.0 Variations on a theme Movie Lover: from MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY US -- January, 13, 2011

If you're familar with Hitchcock's "Lifeboat", think of this as the Pacific version. Pretty well done. It's great seeing B17's and PBY's when they were still operational. And poor Richard Loo. He must have played the evil Japanese soldier a million times. He does it agin in this movie, with barely a line given to him, but he's the entire reason for the story.


Rating 4.5 Surprisingly good treatment of familiar subject Movie Lover: from Clarkston, GA US -- March, 2, 2010

"Seven Were Saved" is a treatment of a theme that has been familiar since at least John Ford's "The Lost Patrol" (1933), a miscellaneous collection of people thrown together by disaster or the fortunes of war, playing out their dramas in a trying situation that reveals their character or lack of the same. The situation will inevitably remind viewers of Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat," which had 96 minutes to develop its drama, whereas this movie has only 72. It says something for Maxwell Shane's fine screenplay and taut direction by William Pine, that this picture compares favorably with one of the screen's masterpieces, though Hitchcock, naturally, could (and did) develop more lines of conflict within the larger scope he had to work with. This movie made me want to see more pictures directed by Willim Pine (of Pine-Thomas Productions, a poverty row studio that kept Paramount supplied with outstanding second features). He was obviously adept at portraying men and women involved in war and dangerous civilian occupations.


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