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Shortly after Pearl Harbor, a squadron of PT-boat crews in the Philipines must battle the Navy brass between skirmishes with the Japanese. The title says it all about the Navy's attitude towards the PT-boats and their crews. Written by
PT boats were torpedo-armed fast attack craft used by the US Navy in World War II. "PT" is the US hull classification symbol for "Patrol Torpedo". The PT boat squadrons were nicknamed "the mosquito fleet" because of their small size, high speed and maneuverability. They were made of mahogany plywood and powered by three 12-cylinder gasoline-fueled aircraft engines. They were capable of speeds of up to 40 knots (46 mph). They carried four Mark 8 torpedoes, two twin M2 .50-cal. machine guns and, in some cases, a 20mm Oerlikon cannon. See more »
When Lt. Sandy Davys attends the 'party', Lt. JG 'Rusty' Ryan takes a big swig of his drink, spilling some of it down his face and shirt, yet in the next scene, he's completely dry. See more »
perhaps the best of the American war flicks made during the war
This movie is so exceptionally well-written, acted and directed. Although I am a big fan of some of John Wayne's other war pictures such as The Flying Tigers and The Fighting Sea Bees, these films are not exactly realistic and make it look like Wayne and his friends could have almost single-handedly beaten the Japanese! But, with They Were Expendible, the over-the-top heroism and exploits are instead replaced with grim determination against the odds and a quiet dignity. Because of that, to me, the impact of this film was much more lasting and heart-felt. Realism is key to this picture.
Oh, and by the way, Robert Montgomery gets top billing because when the film was made he was the bigger star--Wayne's rise to the top in Hollywood was still to come. I really see this more as Wayne's film as his part seemed BIGGER and he seemed to get at least as much screen time as Montgomery.
This would be an excellent film for teens, as it focuses on glory and heroism without glorifying death or trivializing our sacrifices.
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