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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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Cast overview:
Madame Sue-Mei Hung
Sgt. 'Mike' Michaelson (as Henry 'Harry' Morgan)
Col. Kwan
Rudy Bond ...
Sgt. Miller
Frank Maxwell ...
Sgt. Ballo
Major Lewis
Gen. Loomis
Leo Chen ...
Col. Li
Col. Magnusson
Peter Chong ...
Chinese Colonel
P.C. Lee ...
Chinese General


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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June 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sendero de furia  »

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1.85 : 1
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The film includes themes considered to be taboo for Hollywood during the war years, such as tensions between allies and racism among Americans. See more »


Major Baldwin's jeep is obviously a post-World War II model, with the visible differences being the jeep seen in the film had larger headlights, a gas tank filler neck and cap in a cutout in the left rear quarter panel (instead of under the driver's seat), and the axe and shovel were affixed under the right front door cutout (instead of under the left front cutout), all different from World War II jeeps. See more »


[last lines]
Madame Sue-Mei Hung: To the end of the road, peace and safety.
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7 August 1999 | by (Columbus, GA) – See all my reviews

This film portrays the lives of a US Army engineer squad in China during WW II. Their mission is to delay the advance of the Japanese Army. They must blow up bridges and ammo dumps along a long mountain road while dealing with a never ending line of Chinese refugees. James Stewart finds love with a beautiful Chinese widow. He must deal with his personal feelings toward a woman, a foreign people and the challenges of command. Not one of your best Jimmy Stewart movies but well worth a look.

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