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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 »
User Reviews:
An All-Too- Rare Look at Filipino Resistance See more (27 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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)
 

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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 (certificate #10576) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Trivia:
This is one of a handful of movies that featured the story of the World War II Battle of Bataan. They include Bataan (1943), So Proudly We Hail! (1943); They Were Expendable (1945).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When we first see Miss Barnes addressing her school, she says that the agreement between the United States and the Philippines had set the date of Philippine independence for July 4, 1946. In fact, the original 1936 agreement between the two countries had set the date of Filipino independence for 1944. But the advent of World War II made it necessary to delay independence until after the war was over. The Philippines did become independent on July 4, 1946, but that was not the date set in the agreement Miss Barnes alluded to.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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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
An All-Too- Rare Look at Filipino Resistance, 29 May 2006
Author: wuxmup from United States

The only thing that distinguishes "Back to Bataan" from scores of other routine war films is its historical theme, which remains an uncommon and important one. Few young Americans today have even heard of the Filipino and American disaster at Corregidor and the Bataan Death March that followed, during which numerous sick and hungry prisoners of war were beaten and killed by their Japanese guards. Although the movie accurately portrays the spirit of Filipino resistance to the Japanese, the individual characters from John Wayne down are cut from the usual Hollywood cardboard. Even the real American survivors of Japanese imprisonment, filmed here some months after their liberation during the invasion of the Philippines, are shown, supposedly right after they got out of the Japanese prison camp, freshly shaved and with neatly trimmed hair. Similarly, the guerrilla force led by John Wayne looks little the worse for wear even after two and half years of jungle warfare (whixh seem like about a week in this movie).

The Japanese lynching of the school principal is well handled. The man has not set out to be a hero, but put under the gun, literally, he is simply unable to haul down the American flag. The invaders hang him as an example.

Despite its weaknesses, "Back to Bataan" is still watchable and even enjoyable as a different view of World War II, especially if you're a high-schooler who hasn't yet become too cynical about Hollywood war movies. John Wayne and Anthony Quinn are their usual solid selves, and Beulah Bondi (as a naive but tough American matron)is an unusual asset in this kind of action film.

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