1979 - Pacific Inferno (Nathaniel Productions/Arbee Productions/Euro London Films Ltd)
[filmed in 1977 as “Do They Ever Cry In America?”]
Director/Writer Rolf Bayer Additional Dialogue Roland S. Jefferson, Eric P. Jones US Producers Cassius V. Weathersby, Spencer Jourdain Executive Producer Jim Brown Arbee Producer B. Sherry-Greenwood Associate Producer Rod Perry Cinematography Mars 'Noaong' Rasca Music Editor Doug Lackey Song "Flashback" Words & Lyrics M. Burton, P. Terry Singer Dee Dee Sharp Gamble Song "War" Music & Lyrics Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong Singer Edwin Starr Editor Ann Mills Editorial Consultant Richard C. Meyer Costume Designer Bill Witten Makeup Artist Carmelita Sioson Production Manager Kim Ramos Property Master Lito Aquino Set Designer Vicente Bonus Sound Donald Santos Supervising Sound Editor Richard Anderson Sound Editors Earl Watson, Richard Anderson, David Lee Fein Special Effects Jess Sto. Domingo Chief Electrician Julian Baltonado Still Photographer Nap Jamir 2nd Unit Cameraman Jun Rasca Assistant to Producer Jun Barcelon Script Continuity Jill Freeman Military Advisor Dennis Juban Wardrobe Nene Jaramillo Assistant Editor John H. Bryant Underwater Camera Operator Kim Ramos Dive Master Jim Perkins Assistant Dive Master Ray Wagner
Cast Jim Brown (Clyde Preston), Richard Jaeckel (Robert 'Dealer' Fletcher), “Tim”/Timothy Brown (Zoe Dawson), Rik “Von Nutter”/Van Nutter (Lieutenant Dennis Butts), Dick Adair (George), Jimmy Shaw (Leroy), Wilma Reading (Tita), Dindo Fernando (Totoy), Sonny Batacan (Nardo), Pedro Faustino (Elder), Tad Horino (Yamada), Vic Silayan (Colonel Fukoshima), Butz Aquino (Captain Kobayashi), Vic Diaz (Kempei), [uncredited] Jim Gaines (young Clyde)
With 1985's Pacific Inferno action star Jim Brown made a triumphant return to movies. Or did he? If you read the copyright date carefully, you'll discover that this US-Philippine coproduction was actually shot in 1977. The plot has us believe that General Douglas MacArthur ordered that $16 million in silver be sent to the bottom of
Robert C. Waltham’s review from The Critics website:
When I received a copy of American Home Treasures’ recent DVD release “Gripping War Escape Movies”, I was pleasantly surprised to find three full length features on a single DVD. I should have known from the title--not many single features use the plural “movies”--that I was in for greater value than the standard DVD fare. Indeed, with a retail price of only $9.98, I would have been happy with pretty much any combination of movies (remember, some people are actually shelling out the same amount to see “Kangaroo Jack”!). While the three movies included in “Gripping War Escape Movies” may not be “classic” masterpieces, they are for the most part above average quality features, albeit a bit dated, with several recognizable names from recent cinematic history.
“Pacific Inferno”, starring Jim Brown and Richard Jaeckel, is not nearly as intense as “Escape from Sobibor”, making sequential viewing of the movies far more enjoyable. The story follows a team of U.S. Navy divers held captive in a Japanese POW camp in the
Noel Murray’s review from the AV Club:
Plot: According to the opening crawl, "It is a fact of history that in 1942 General MacArthur ordered General Wainwright to dump $16,000,000 in silver pesos into
Key scenes: When the resistance leads Brown and company to a burned-out building, Brown flashes back to race riots at home. Meanwhile, one of his crewmates spots a pretty flower in the wreckage, and remembers a good-time boogie-woogie dance.
Can easily be distinguished by: The sludgy pace and quiet, murky action sequences. There's a lot of standing around, even when the situation is reportedly urgent.
Sign that it was made in 1979: There's a montage of World War II stock footage set to Edwin Starr's "War," and silky soul music plays under the scene where Brown cozies up to a native and coos, "You're a whole lot of woman. I'm just trying to put it into words."
Timeless message: Ain't no Japanese ever called Jim Brown "nigger."
Memorable quotes: When Brown's naval commander objects to bunking with a black man, Brown hisses, "This ain't no ship! And it surely ain't no