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Gen. Joseph Stilwell
Charlie Briggs ...
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Pancho Magalona ...
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Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill leads the 3,000 American volunteers of his 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), aka "Merrill's Marauders", behind Japanese lines across Burma to Myitkyina, pushing beyond their limits and fighting pitched battles at every strong-point. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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How they fought those last 500 miles will remain forever in your memory! See more »

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Durchbruch auf Befehl  »

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Vaughan Wilson, who plays Gen. Merrill's aide-de-camp Bannister, was actually one of the members of Merrill's Marauders (as Lt. Col. Samuel Wilson), and served as Merrill's deputy during the campaign. See more »

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When the troops are resting in the swamps, mud patches on Bullseye's arms appear and disappear between shots. See more »

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Bannister: Do you know what I'm going to do after the war? I'm going to get married and have six kids. Then I'm going to line them up and tell them what Burma was like. And if they don't cry, I'll beat the hell out of them.
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Good, not great, war movie
7 May 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie was like any other war movie at the time (1962). It was a good movie because it depicted the only American force to be fighting in Burma and the India border. This movie, I think, was able to bring the 3rd theatre of war (The Burman theatre) to Americans, to show in a greater sense just how much of a world war WW2 was. Good movie, but still some American hollywoodism at its best. Good depiction of the fighting, showing American and Japanese fighting, but also the British, who were defending India and trying to liberate Burma and the rest of Eastern Asia. It showed that the Americans were certainly not the only ones fighting the Japanese.

Overall, fairly true to the real story, well written (except for certain stupid things - hollywoodism again), mostly well acted, and well directed and filmed. After watching, I was not thrilled by it, but was happy to see that the Americans did fight in Burma and that they were not the only ones fighting the Japanese.


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