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Bataan (1943)

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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 <>

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24 April 1944 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A Patrulha de Bataan  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film was criticized for being too studio-bound. See more »


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

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Closing credits epilogue: So fought the heroes of Bataan. Their sacrifice made possible our victories in the Coral and Bismark Seas, at Midway, on New Guinea and Guadalcanal. Their spirit will lead us back to Bataan! See more »


Referenced in Biography: Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady (2001) See more »


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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An excellent film about courage, duty, and honor
6 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film as a child, but only recently did I get a copy of the DVD and experience it as an adult. Being a student of history and in the military, war films have to go a long way to impress me. This one doesn't let you down. In some ways I think it does a better job realistically portraying war than some modern films I've seen. This small patrol of US Army soldiers must contend with lethal sniper fire, air raids, and overwhelming numbers of Japanese soldiers. One other thing it does a good job at is fully representing the diverse social spectrum of our country. For a film made in 1943, that is quite an accomplishment. Bravo!

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