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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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Collins
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Sgt. 'Mike' Michaelson (as Henry 'Harry' Morgan)
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Col. Kwan
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Frank Maxwell ...
Sgt. Ballo
Eddie Firestone ...
Major Lewis
Alan Baxter ...
Gen. Loomis
Leo Chen ...
Col. Li
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Col. Magnusson
Peter Chong ...
Chinese Colonel
P.C. Lee ...
Chinese General
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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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Sendero de furia  »

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Lisa Lu, who played Madame Sue-Mei Hung in this film, recruited some faculty members from the Army Language School, Chinese Mandarin Department, to appear in the film. These faculty members were: P.C.Lee, Leo Chen, C.N.Hu and Richard Wang. 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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Major Baldwin: Colonel, I'm gonna blow up this road. Now, how can we keep the people off?
Col. Kwan: Off?
Major Baldwin: Well, I-I, I need them stopped for about ten minutes. Can you do it?
Col. Kwan: How?
Major Baldwin: Well, uh, how 'bout, uh, how 'bout if we get a couple of empty gasoline drums, put 'em on either side of the road, stretch a rope across.
Col. Kwan: They'd go under the rope.
Major Baldwin: Well, then we get some Chinese soldiers to explain to them, explain to them that we're cutting the road. How 'bout that?
Col. Kwan: The soldiers will want to get through themselves.
Major Baldwin: Well, ...
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Very Interesting -- especially for its time
6 September 1999 | by (Ny, NY) – See all my reviews

Intriguing wartime character studies. Outstanding characters abound. Stewart's romance with the Asian female lead is very poignant. Harry Morgan and Mike Kellin give outstanding character support - in fact the whole cast does, including a young James Best, looking hunky, well before his Dukes of Hazzard days.


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