IMDb > Back to Bataan (1945)
Back to Bataan
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Back to Bataan (1945) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 13 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.7/10   2,247 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 79% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Ben Barzman (screenplay) and
Richard H. Landau (screenplay) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Back to Bataan on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
31 May 1945 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"GET YOUR WEAPON FROM A JAP!",,,but you'll have to kill him first! (original poster) See more »
Plot:
The US Army's defense of its Philippines colony and the allied Malay countries/colonies behind it counted... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Gutsy but intimate and intelligent film-making See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Col. Joseph Madden

Anthony Quinn ... Capt. Andrés Bonifácio

Beulah Bondi ... Bertha Barnes
Fely Franquelli ... Dalisay Delgado
Richard Loo ... Maj. Hasko
Philip Ahn ... Col. Coroki
Alex Havier ... Sgt. Bernessa (as J. Alex Havier)
'Ducky' Louie ... Maximo Cuenca

Lawrence Tierney ... Lt. Cmdr. Waite
Leonard Strong ... Gen. Homma

Paul Fix ... Bindle Jackson
Abner Biberman ... Japanese Captain
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Señor Buenaventura J. Bello
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erville Alderson ... Teacher (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Japanese Man (uncredited)
W.T. Chang ... Leader (uncredited)
Robert Clarke ... Soldier (uncredited)
Roger Cole ... Wainwright's Aide (uncredited)
Angelo Cruz ... Cruz (uncredited)
Pat Davis ... Aide (uncredited)
Tony Dell ... Soldier (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ... Singer (uncredited)
Marcello Estorres ... Priest (uncredited)
Tommy Estrella ... Second Guerrilla (uncredited)
Benson Fong ... Officer Making Broadcast (uncredited)
Harold Fong ... Prince Ito (uncredited)
H.W. Gim ... Japanese Secret Agent (uncredited)
Edmund Glover ... (uncredited)
Erick Hanson ... Wainwright's Aide (uncredited)
Joseph Kim ... Sgt. Osami (uncredited)
Pauline Lang ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jung Lim ... Japanese General (uncredited)
Jimmy Lono ... Filipino Priest (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... First Guerrilla (uncredited)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Maj. McKinley (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Señor O'Bordo (uncredited)
John Miljan ... Gen. Jonathan Wainwright ('Skinny') (uncredited)
Andy Nocon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ted O'Shea ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Carmen Padilla ... Marie (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Lt. Col. Roberts (uncredited)
Bill Williams ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
 
Writing credits
Ben Barzman (screenplay) and
Richard H. Landau (screenplay)

Æneas MacKenzie (original story) (as Aeneas Mac Kenzie) and
William Gordon (original story)

Produced by
Robert Fellows .... executive producer
Theron Warth .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Marston Fay 
 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Charles Nields (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Dewey Starkey .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ruby Rosenberg .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
James G. Stewart .... rerecordist
Earl A. Wolcott .... recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George S. Clarke .... technical advisor (as Colonel George S. Clarke U.S.A.)
Sid Davis .... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
95 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1954) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1954) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1997) | USA:Approved (certificate #10576) | West Germany:12 (f)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The state of the war in World War II was an ever-changing dynamic and two thirds of the way through production, the American invasion of the Philippines took place. As such, script changes and re-writes needed to be made to keep up to date with the current status of the war.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: A long shot of the truck carrying the Japanese soldiers and the boy Maximo driving along the mountain road is repeated twice (the truck is seen passing in front of a hill headed toward the right of the screen, then the same shot is repeated a few seconds later).See more »
Quotes:
Maj. Hasko:I send out 100 men, they find nothing. I send out ten men, they don't come back.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The John Wayne Anthology (1991) (TV)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Gutsy but intimate and intelligent film-making, 8 August 2005
Author: Mercy Bell (mercybell) from MA

War movies can be a tricky recipe to pull off because they've been done so often and fall into clichés sooo easily. This film was saved by bravura and sincerity. It's a good film. What at first may seem like a generic Duke vehicle quickly exposes itself as a small ensemble drama on an epic stage.

Part of the appeal of this film is to watch it with history in mind. It tackles a lesser known part of WWII history, the war and guerilla movements in the Philippines. This film is totally unselfconscious in how it deals with the war, in one scene it features real Bataan POWs marching in a parade and introduces them documentary style with a narrator, and it hired Filipino extras and actors for important roles. This is what really touched and surprised me, how it elevated and glorified Filipino nationalism, culture, and history (Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifácio are frequently quoted and reverently referred to throughout the film); and, in an age where African American actors still were unfairly stereotyped and Asian actors almost nowhere to be found in Hollywood films, this treated Pinoy characters as equals and as heroes. This openmindedness on the part of the filmmakers was refreshing, but very reflective of the US fighting men's appreciation of the contributions of the Filipino people.

The film is passionate about the people it portrays. It's common for wartime films to be full of propaganda and overly zealous, but this film is more touching and intimate in its approach. Patriotic speeches actually have meaning and tears behind them, swelling music doesn't feel manipulative, no doubt because it was filmed with so many soldiers and civilians involved and in 1945, these people had just gone through all this and everything is done with a real and raw memory. It feels like it's built on real stories and people, and the actors seem to know they're not dealing with run of the mill cutout characters. There's a sincerity inherent in all of their performances because of the immediateness of the subject matter. John Wayne is less gruff than usual (and even downright dashing). Anthony Quinn's confused young man: brooding heartbrokenly when he's away from his informant fiancée, tender when he's around her, not sure how to fulfill what many feel is his destiny, and his own personal journey is lovely. Beulah Bondi (as a teacher evacuee who helps the men out) teary eyed when she thinks of her students; the motley crew mix of American GIs and Pinoy volunteers who surrounds the two officers, casual and down to earth. It's a tight cast in a friendly fight to upstage the others, and you'd better believe they milk every scene for what it's worth.

The film moves along quickly and realistically. Instead of complicated plot movements and intricate bloated twists, the story seems like it was taken from any number of jungle war experiences which makes it fascinating and unpredictable, like real history. Director Edward Dmytryk, later blacklisted, paid no heed to Production Code regulations for violence, and filmed scenes that were fairly explicit (for the time) in their portrayal of cruelty and violence inflicted on soldiers and civilians in an attempt to realistically dramatize some of the atrocities that occurred during the war which lends the film an air of impending danger and gravitas.

From before the era of ambiguous and complex war stories (which is how I usually prefer my war flicks to be served), this one of the best "classic" war films I've ever seen. (If you like this, check out "An American Guerilla in the Philippines" which was shot on location by the great Fritz Lang in 1949/50 and very similar in many regards.)

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (27 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Back to Bataan (1945)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Wayne vs. Taylor sleepybone
Abner Biberman The Daz
Stunts donovanarchmontierth
Looking for a Particular John Wayne Movie brennerp
Ducky Louie ccollinsjr
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Bataan Captain America: The First Avenger The Fighting Seabees The Longest Day A Bridge Too Far
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.