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The Mountain Road (1960)

| Drama, War | June 1960 (USA)
A US Army Major stationed in East China in 1944 is ordered to blow up military installations in order to slow down the advancing Japanese Army.

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Madame Sue-Mei Hung
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Sgt. 'Mike' Michaelson (as Henry 'Harry' Morgan)
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Col. Li
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Col. Magnusson
Peter Chong ...
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In 1944, in eastern part of China, U.S.Army Major Baldwin and his volunteer team of demolition engineers are left behind the retreating Chinese forces. Their task is to slow down the Japanese advance into eastern China by blowing up bridges, roads, airfields and munitions dumps. They start by blowing up an American airfield and ammo dump. They receive the order to destroy a vital bridge over a mountain pass.The team uses a few army trucks to move around. At the bridge, they encounter a Nationalist Chinese Army unit in charge of guarding the bridge. Thanks to an American soldier who speaks some Chinese, Major Baldwin requests the permission, from the Chinese commander, to blow up the bridge.The Chinese colonel agrees but asks the American Major to do him a favor by also destroying a munitions dump located at some distance away.He also requests that Madame Sue-Mei Hung, the widow of a Chinese colonel, be transported by the American demolition team to the nearest major town. Major ... Written by nufs68

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Initially, the film was to be shot in South Korea. See more »

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When Baldwin and his unit arrive at the ammunition dump they're supposed to blow up, it consists of several small buildings and shacks. But the interior shots showing mountains of ammunition have no resemblance to the buildings they're supposed to be in: two of them are clearly gigantic tunnels ten or twenty times as long as the buildings that are supposedly being inspected. See more »

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Sgt. Michaelson: Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole!
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Did They Just Try Too Hard?
13 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a huge Jimmy Stewart fan. Yet this film left me cold. I think that the director and the screenplay conspire to not let him develop as a character. One time he is doing some poignant scene, where one thinks he has turned a corner in his short-sighted racist view of the larger world, and in moment, he goes right back to where he was. There's no carry-over. This film takes place in 1944 as the U. S. forces are in Chine, looking out for a tenuous ally. This particular group is a demolitions team whose purpose is to blow up roads and bridges and move on. The Japanese are very formidable and have decimated the Chinese people. Stewart expects the Chinese to act like Americans (Sound familiar?) but can't get them to follow his lead. Starvation and pain have a way of doing that. His relationship with a Chinese woman is the most interesting. I'm sure the cowardly film boards kept anything from happening. Once that factor in the film is thrown out, there is a skeleton left and it's not a very interesting one.


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