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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
This is one of few contemporary World War II films to feature an American soldier who was an African-American. As such, the movie was not shown in parts of the American South. The book "The Films of World War II" notes that producer Dore Schary said that letters of complaint were received by the studio. See more »
Although the American soldier may have been a great coconut tree climber, it is nigh on impossible to sit atop a coconut tree. Many Filipinos to this day fall when attempting this. See more »
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 »
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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