Darryl Ponicsan wrote the screenplay based on his own novel and it might have played better if someone else had adapted it. This was a terrific book that failed on film. It's tough to lay the blame for its failure on anyone in particular but if honors had to be awarded they would go to
Caan, who is so intent on being macho that he forgets about humanity. The title refers to the pass given sailors that requires them to return to quarters by midnight. Caan is a happy-go-lucky sailor who's in Seattle for temporary medical treatment before he gets a new assignment. He meets Mason in
a bar where she occasionally picks up tricks. They play a game of pool and he beats her...