November, 1942. A US Navy task force in the South Pacific faces imminent destruction unless the Japanese radio base on a nearby island can be silenced. The Navy's solution is to order the hard-nosed Lieutenant Lawson (Cliff Robertson) to join a bunch of British misfits - including the mouthy Tosh Hearne (Michael Caine) and the crazy Private Thornton (Ian Bannen) - in a suicidal attempt to destroy the Japanese base. The mission is dangerous enough in itself, but with all the destructive tensions in the group, it becomes almost impossible. Directed by Robert Aldrich ('Kiss Me Deadly', 'The Dirty Dozen').