Go For Broke
Go for Broke • 1h 30m
The story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Untied States Army, in World War Two. This version of the film has been digitally re-mastered by improving its sharpness, brightness and contrast and other cinematic parameters to bring you the best viewing experience possible. It stars Van Johnson as a prejudiced US Army lieutenant from Texas, who leads a platoon of Nisei (Japanese-Americans) into combat in Italy, and who comes to respect the men of his unit as fighting men and as fellow-Americans.
This movie was written and directed by Robert Pirosh who directed the highly acclaimed “Battleground”, the year before. Battleground also starred Johnson, who gives another excellent performance in “Go For Broke.” The film’s inception grew out of a conversation between Pirosh and Producer Dore Schary, who was dismayed at the plight of the Nisei on the west coast during the war. While avoiding images of the relocation camps, the film’s dialogue does reflect the bitterness of Nisei soldiers training and fighting for America, while their families are confined to the camps. 442nd and relocation-camp survivors proved to be among the most patriotic citizens of the 1940s and for the rest of their lives.