Fear and Desire (1953) Movie Review Summary

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After a plane ride gone wrong, Lt. Mac and his men Private Fletcher and Sidney got out of their plane unharmed after the plane was shot down. They find themselves in a unidentified country and only several inches away behind enemy lines after seeing a German General's plane landed nearby. Sgt. Mac comes up with a plan for him and his men to escape. They discovered a river and start building a raft so they can make their way out of the unknown land.
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Now extra guarded and making sure they are unseen by any of their rivals, the three men spots a small house with two officers inside eating. Growing hungry, the men sneaks unto the two officers and attacks them yet making sure there is no use of a gun so that no enemies hears the sound and tries to hunt them down. Determimed to escape the dangerous area, they takes on anyone that seem to be a threat, including a woman who stumbles across the men, having no clue who the men are. Sgt. Mac ordered his men to tie the lady up against a tree while making sure Sidney guard the lady so she won't run, scream or tell anyone. Sidney makes several attempts to get on the woman friendly side, including making silly imitation of the general to make her laugh, which she did not.

Trusting her, he untied the woman to make her comfortable but she escapes and Sidney shoots the lady. Now scared about what he'd done, he catches up with the rest of the crew and the four comes up with the idea to build another raft; except for one problem. Dozens of enemies is nearby including General Corby. It is a do or die situation for them all. So the question is, will they stay and try to survive for the rest of the lives in the new land without being noticed or is brave enough to take on every man they'd encounter and risk losing their lives?

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Specific to    -   WW II War story:    -   escaping behind enemy lines

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   military pilot Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   guns Any profanity?    -   None

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