True life story of Guy Gabaldon, a Los Angeles Hispanic boy raised in the 1930s by a Japanese-American foster family. Later, during the war, as his foster parents are interned at a camp for Japanese Americans, Gabaldon's ability to speak Japanese helps him become a lone-operating Marine hero. During the bloody capture of the island of Saipan, he convinces 800 Japanese to surrender after their general commits suicide. Written by
When Gabaldon visits "Mama san" (Mother Une) at the Internment camp, she says her sons are in Italy. This is prior to Gabaldon enlisting in the Marine Corps. Later, on Saipan, Gabaldon says his brothers are in the 442 Regimental Combat Team. The 442 landed at Anzio in May of 1944. The Marines landed on Saipan in June of 1944. Using the timeline established in the movie, there would not have been enough time for Gabaldon to enlist, go through boot camp and fight in the Battle of Saipan. See more »
A true story that is drama filled and heartbreaking
I saw the movie many years ago and would love to have this movie on DVD. Jeffrey Hunter looses his best friend, David Janson, to the enemy and after that develops a deep hatred for the Japeneese. At times risking his own life to flush them out of their hiding places and kill them. At one point where he is watching the japeneese women and children hurl themselves off of the cliffs rather then be captured, he sees his own adopted Japenese family back in the states. An excellent movie that I would go the the movies to see again.
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