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Bataan (1943)

Passed  -  War  -  24 April 1944 (Sweden)
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Japan has just invaded the Phillipines and the US Army attempts a desperate defence. Thirteen men are chosen to blow up a bridge on the Bataan peninsula and keep the Japanese from ... See full summary »

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Japan has just invaded the Phillipines and the US Army attempts a desperate defence. Thirteen men are chosen to blow up a bridge on the Bataan peninsula and keep the Japanese from rebuilding it. Written by <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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japan | bridge | u.s. army | bataan | attack | See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer paid RKO $6,500 for the right to use scenes from The Lost Patrol (1934) in this movie. In his autobiography, M-G-M executive producer Dore Schary refers to this film as a remake of that one. See more »

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When the sick soldier runs toward the bridge to throw grenades, his position changes between shots. See more »

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Version of The Lost Patrol (1934) See more »

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St. Louis Blues
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Music and Lyrics by W.C. Handy
Sung a cappella and hummed often by Kenneth Spencer
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ONE OF THE BEST WAR FILMS EVER
10 September 1999 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best war films of its era, and it is actually less anti-Japanese than many that came later, such as John Wayne's "Back to Bataan". But never forget the very real and common - and ubiquitous - Japanese atrocities, which they still are loathe to admit. Here, a small number of Americans are acting as a rear guard preventing the invading Japanese from driving south on Bataan in 1942. They have to blow a bridge and hold a ravine, and are subject to snipers, air attacks, and infantry assaults. It is superbly done with a great cast (Desi Arnaz was quite good too). Robert Taylor cast off forever his pretty boy image of the 1930's with Garbo in his very tough portrayal of the sergeant.

Most notably, "Bataan" stands out for perhaps the best and most violent hand-to-hand combat footage ever filmed, certainly the best of its era. Also, and often neglected in reviews, is that "Bataan" featured a fully INTEGRATED Army: a Jew, a black, an Hispanic, a Filipino, and so on. They were all treated equally and heroically. "Bataan" could not even be shown in parts of the South in the 1940's due to this. Only two other movies of the WW II period featured a black fighting bravely

  • "Sahara" and "Crash Dive", but none as well as here. "Bataan" is a
marvelous film on many levels. A classic.


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