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Suicide Battalion (1958)

Approved | | War, Drama | February 1958 (USA)
Second World War drama, set in the Philippines about a group of men recruited for the dangerous mission of destroying an American base to keep strategic papers out of enemy hands when ... See full summary »

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Major Matt McCormack (as Michael Connors)
John Ashley ...
Pvt. Tommy Novello
Jewell Lain ...
Elizabeth Ann Mason, Photographer
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John McNamara ...
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Clifford Kawada ...
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Hilo Hattie ...
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Second World War drama, set in the Philippines about a group of men recruited for the dangerous mission of destroying an American base to keep strategic papers out of enemy hands when Japanese forces invade. The men spend their last hours drowning their sorrows in a bar, but time is running out. Written by <stripe@dds.nl>

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To hell with orders... we ATTACK!

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Very Cheap
23 August 2002 | by (St. Davids, Pennsylvania, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the countless 1950s-60s AIP war flicks. I have seen several and they are all pretty bad. This particular one is directed by Edward L. Cahn. Other entries in the genre include TANK BATTALION, TANK COMMANDOS, JET ATTACK and HELL SQUAD.

Familiar face Mike Connors (from MANNIX) leads a band of specially trained demolition men to blow up a HQ building the Japanese have captured.

There's lots of badly stock war footage, a script that makes no sense (don't send the men right away, give them almost the entire movie to sit around doing pointless stuff when they ought to be killing enemy soldiers). Plus very cheap looking soundstages to simulate the Philippine jungle. Oh, yeah, throw in an obligatory woman character for the two leads to fight over and you're all set.

Still this movie towers above BRIDGE TO HELL and COMMANDO SQUAD.

I give it a 2/10.


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