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Destination Tokyo [1943]

Cary Grant , John Garfield , Delmer Daves    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, John Ridgely, Dane Clark
  • Directors: Delmer Daves
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Black & White, Mono, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V3SDTG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,011 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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What the World War II-era film 'Air Force' is to the skies, 'Destination Tokyo' is to the seas. In the only military-action film he made during the war, Cary Grant plays Captain Cassidy of the U.S. submarine 'Copperfin', skippering his torpedo-laden thunderfish with courage and resourcefulness as it makes its battle-strewn way from San Francisco to the Aleutians and into the enemy's front yard. Under the trim, taut direction of Delmer Daves (his directorial debut), John Garfield leads a stellar array of co-stars as boys-next-door gone to war. "One of the most rousing, action-filled WWII films ever produced with a powerful cast and terrific story 'Destination Tokyo' remains a classic war drama to this day" (The Motion Picture Guide). ABOUT THE DVD: This is a release by WARNER HOME VIDEO for the UK market (Region 2 PAL format - which will play on all standard DVD players in the UK and the rest of Europe - buyers outside of Europe will need a multi-region player in order to view it) - The film is presented in its original BLACK & WHITE and FULL SCREEN format (1.37:1 aspect ratio) and runs for a total of 129 minutes - the AUDIO is the original ENGLISH language and MONO - SUBTITLES are in English, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Hungarian and Arabic (there are also hard-of-hearing subs for English language only) - SPECIAL FEATURES are a wartime short film 'Gem of the Ocean' and a Cary Grant Trailer Gallery.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "DESTINATION TOKYO" (31 December 1943) (135 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Cary Grant is a tower of strength as Captain Cassidy, skipper of an American submarine U.S.S. Copperfin bound for Tokyo harbor --- Its mission: to enter the bay undetected and place a landing party ashore to allow a Navy meteorologist to survey Japanese weather conditions - information vital to the upcoming Doolittle air raid on From the sub's embarkation in San Francisco to its climactic retreat from Japan, there's not a single solitary dull moment in the 135 minutes of Destination Tokyo.

A fabulous WWII submarine adventure!

Oscar Nominated Steve Fisher for Best Writing

Under the production staff of:
Delmer Daves [Director/Screenplay]
Steve Fisher [Story "Destination Tokyo"]
Albert Maltz {Screenplay]
Jerry Wald [Producer]
Jack L. Warner [Executive Producer]
Franz Waxman [Original Film Music]
Bert Glennon [Cinematographer]
Christian Nyby [Film Editor]
Leo K. Kuter [Art Director]

BIOS:
1. Delmer Daves [aka: Delmer Lawrence Daves]
Date of Birth: 24 July 1904 - San Francisco, California
Date of Death: 17 August 1977 - La Jolla, California

2. Cary Grant [aka: Archibald Alexander Leach]
Date of Birth: 18 January 1904 - Horfield, Bristol, England, UK
Date of Death: 29 November 1986 - Davenport, Iowa

3. John Garfield [aka: Jacob Julius Garfinkle]
Date of Birth: 4 March 1913 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 21 May 1952 - New York City, New York

the cast includes:
Cary Grant - Capt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwater dramatics 19 Jan 2012
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The trouble with the film is it is very long and takes ages setting up the drama of the expedition to do daring things against the Japanese. It is well made, Cary Grant makes a devastatingly handsome captain, and John Garfield is the sexy crewman ready with a quip to perfection. It is a sound, solid movie which, once it gets going, delivers the goods in terms of thrills - but it takes a long time getting going. The two leads are backed up by a first rate supporting cast of players who might have become stars.
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By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This film was made in 1943, when Pacific War was still raging and it was still not certain if the allies will defeat Japan and if yes, how long will it take. Therefore "Destination Tokyo" is mostly a "morale-builder", a movie made mostly for propaganda purposes - but it is nevertheless a really good war film, which still packs some punch today, even if it shows its age by moments.

Almost all the action of this long (135 minutes) film happens during the sixth combat patrol of American submarine USS "Copperfin", which will take it from San Francisco to the Aleutians and then to Tokyo Bay, where she has to perform a very special and very secret duty. The name of the ship as well as the whole mission are fictitious. USS "Copperfin" is commanded by Captain Cassidy (Cary Grant), for whom it is probably the last operation with her, before he is affected to headquarters or the command of a bigger ship (submarines were commanded by Lieutenant Commanders or Commanders so promotion to Captain meant moving elsewhere). After sixth combat patrols made together the crew is a very well operating team and all hands respect highly their skipper.

This exceptionally long combat patrol will be very eventful - guns and torpedoes will be fired, blood will be versed, depth charges will explode and some mines and anti-submarine nets will be also met... And then, there will be more dangers (inspired by real events), of which I will say no more.

Although long, this film never gets boring. There is a considerable amount of humor and also a couple of pretty moving scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Destination Tokyo a war film as was once 19 April 2011
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19/4/2011 I first saw Destination Tokyo on TV many years ago.Made at a time when World war 2 was going on it gave the audiences of the day an uplifting if not rather inaccurate account of the action of the USS Copperfin on its way to a mission in Tokyo bay.It dealt with the relationships within the crew,all solid dependable guys to a man ,it had a dangerous situation on uplifting an important officer vital to the mission in artic like conditions ,when during a surprise attack by the japanease a bomb is lodged in the subs superstructure,and young crew member and the captain risk their lives to defuse it.The same lad falls ill with appendicitus and has to undergo and emergency operation by the coreman no doctor on him falls the burden of carrying out the lifesaving op.There is more of course ,this movie was made for a differnt audience from todays who demand more from their movies ,but Destination Tokyo is a good picture okay not todays fare perhaps but good anyway one for the oldies Rankin Cattan
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5.0 out of 5 stars shipping and packaging excellent as always
shipping and packaging excellent as always!Movie too be seen yet,I have a complete collection now and many of them will be seen during the next holidays!!CM
Published 19 days ago by C. Melloni
4.0 out of 5 stars Destination Tokyo
Another Wartime DVD that does exactly what it says on the tin, a good tribute wartime movie to the U.S Navy and Submariners in particular
Published 1 month ago by Fleet-Chief
3.0 out of 5 stars Submarine War Film
The item was as described. It was well packed and arrived undamaged within the notified period.
Disappointed with the content as not up to the standard of other similar war... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mulie07
5.0 out of 5 stars ww2 delight
Excellent black and white film that was good watching highly recommend , cary grant was empowering and anybody who likes ww2 films would most definitely like this one
Published 5 months ago by Robert Leonard
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie watching
A very good film and good acting well worth watching and once watch you will want to keep.
Buy it know. Well done Amazon.
Published 5 months ago by janet slomons
4.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant
This is truly a golden oldie. Cary Grant was a fab actor both straight acting and comic. He is one of my favourites.
Published 5 months ago by Carol58
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Wartime Viewing
Suspenseful, typical American type warrie, but really good to watch. In the vein of the genre at the time it is nonetheless a good film for a rainy Sunday afternoon
Published 6 months ago by Allan E Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
I found this movie to be just as excellent as the rest of them and the story line with the sub was just pure magic.
Published 6 months ago by Robert Rae Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic
They do not make them like this anymore,i have watched it twice already.A Great movie for a cold winters day!
Published 10 months ago by Patrick O Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant at his best
A serious role dealing with the second world war. Well acted and worth watching. This would be viewed as a propaganda film but good none the less.
Published 12 months ago by JAY
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