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Director:
Writers:
Ben Barzman (screenplay) and
Richard H. Landau (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
31 May 1945 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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At the appropriate moment you shall yell Banzai, with enthusiasm, three times! 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 .... rerecording by
Earl A. Wolcott .... recorded by
 
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)
 

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Runtime:
95 min
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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 (MPPDA rating: certificate #10576) | West Germany:12 (f)
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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:
Continuity: When Maximo learns of his father's death, he runs into the room and is weeping copiously, but throughout the scene, his shoulders and body never move at all, so the sounds he's supposedly making don't match his body language at all.See more »
Quotes:
Maximo Cuenca:[a poor student dying in his teacher's arms after heroic action] Miss Barnes, I'm sorry I never learned how to spell "liberty".
[dies]
Bertha Barnes:[tearfully] No one ever learned it so well.
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Featured in The John Wayne Anthology (1991) (TV)See more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
At the appropriate moment you shall yell Banzai, with enthusiasm, three times!, 29 May 2006
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

The film "Back to Battan" starts and ends with the January 30, 1945 US/Filipino raid on the infamous Cabanatuan Japanese prison camp on Luzon Island as the allied troops rout the Japanese defenders, that number some 2,000 to 5,000 men, at the cost of only 4 killed and 21 wounded with not even a single US/Filipino POW being lost in the battle. The movie then goes back some three years to the spring of 1942 during the darkest days of the Japanese advance on Battan. US Col. Madden, John Wayne, and his men are fighting for their lives holding back wave after wave of suicidal Japanese Banzai attacks as the lights slowly go out for the American and Philippine forces. With the US general in command of the Philippines Douglas MacArthur being called back to Australia to regroup the battered and defeated US Army for another shot at the invincible army navy and air force of the Empire of Japan things look very bleak for the American and Filipino troops still left on the islands.

The film almost entirely concentrates on the guerrilla war conducted by Col. Joe Madden and Capt. Andres Bonifacio (Anthony Quinn), the grandson of the late 19th and early 20th century Filipino patriot and freedom fighter Andres Bonifacio the first. The guerrilla war lasted for two and a half years made it possible for the successful allied invasion of Latye in the fall of 1944. There's also Anders' girlfriend pretty Filipino radio personality Dolici Dalgado, Fely Franquelli, who's the Tokyo Rose of Minlia. Dolici is mouthing off on the radio Japanese propaganda to the Philippine people but in reality is working for US, which her boyfriend Andres who's totally unaware of it. Dolici puts secret code words into her commentaries to alert the US and allied, Philippine, troops where the Japanese Army is making it's next move.

One of the better WWII Hollywood war movies with John Wayne needing help from the locals and also being berated and pushed around by who I at first thought was the leader of the allied troops on the Islands,she sure as hell acted like she was, history teacher Bertha Barnes, Beulah Bondi. There's also a number of really exciting battle sequences between the US/Filipino troops and Japanese forces that didn't come across phony and overly one-sided, like in the battles of Battan and the Island fortress of Corrigidor,where the "Japs" actually won, like in most WWII movies coming out of Hollywood at that time.

There were two scenes in the movie "Back to Battan" that really moved me and that had very little to do with any fighting. The first when high school Principle J. Bello, Vladimir Sokoloff, refuses to pull down the American flag on the orders of Japanese officer Captain Abner Biberman and then was hanged in it's place. The second scene was when 15 year-old Philippine high-school student Maximo Cuerca, Duckie Louie, was forced to betray, after being tortured by the Japanese, his fellow freedom fighters and American allies. Maximo gave up his life taking the lives of his Japanese tormentors with him by forcing the truck he was on, by grabbing the steering wheel, to go off an embankment killing everyone on board in order to warn Col. Madden's men that they were soon to be ambushed.

The real heavy fighting was saved for last with the return to the Philippines of the American forces under the leadership of "I Shall Return" General Douglas MacArthur in the invasion and battle of Latye Gulf in October 1944. The invasion that culminated, in the movie, with the liberation of the Cabantuan POW Prison Camp in late January of 1945. We see, as the movie ends, a number of actual US POW's not actors in the film from some half dozen different states, Texas Alabama Kansas Tennessee Illinois and even Brooklyn New York. All these POW's who were just liberated are seen ecstatically marching to the trumping and heart-lifting tune of "California Here I Come".

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