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Back to Bataan -- American screen icon and Oscar-winner John Wayne leads Philippino guerrillas to victory against the Japanese during WWII.

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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:
In 1942, after the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese, U.S. Army Col. Joseph Madden stays behind to organize the local resistance against the Japanese invaders. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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 .... sound re-recordist
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound 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)
 

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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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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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Trivia:
The first 10 notes of "Lupang Hinirang", the Philippine National Anthem, was played in the scene where Filipino guerrillas attack the Japanese vehicles.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Plugs can be seen in the barrels of the Thompson sub-machine guns which make them fire fully automatically with blank rounds.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 »
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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Back to Bataan, 20 November 2005
Author: gregcostello from United States

I agree that this is a terrific movie, and by "History vs. Hollywood" standards rates fairly high. The point of the movie is to characterize the Japanese soldiers as brutal and often sadistic in their treatment of the enemy. In the history of modern warfare, the Japanese in WWII were by far the most inhumane. There is nothing in this movie that is unfair in the portrayal of Japanese treatment of Filipinos. Later, American and other Allied POW's were subjected to even worse horrors. The film also correctly characterizes the Filipinos as tough, hard fighters, and unfortunate victims of a superior Imperialist (militarist) society, which was run by the Japanese Army, and victimized with extreme prejudice. I will disagree with one contributor to this forum who offers that the brutal treatment of Filipinos was one of the reasons for entering the war. Not so. The reason for entering the war was the gradual aggressive military movements of Japan spanning the previous 20 years, culminating in the invasion of China followed by the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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