Filmed on location in Spain, this adaption of the Jones novel takes place during the invasion of Guadalcanal in WW II. Dullea is a private who, fearful of dying in the conflict, pilfers a pistol for extra protection. Warden, Dullea's sergeant, has a character permanently scarred by war.
He is bitter and sadistic, and he quickly develops an antipathy for Dullea. After Dullea kills a Japanese soldier, the young man is horrified, an attitude that increases Warden's animosity. The next day, after dreaming of his wife back home, Dullea wipes out an enemy machine gun nest. Although his
fellow soldiers admire the private's courage, Warden sees through it, suspecting that ...