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Back Door to Hell (1964)

Approved | | War, Drama | November 1964 (USA)
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During WWII, a three-man commando team places its trust in the hands of a band of Filipino resistants, as they try to knock out a Japanese communication center.

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Burnett
John Hackett ...
Jersey
Annabelle Huggins ...
Maria
Conrad Maga ...
Paco
Johnny Monteiro ...
Ramundo
Joe Sison ...
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Henry Duval ...
Garde
Ben Perez
Vic Uematsu
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In December, 1944, three US soldiers sneak ashore on Luzon to gather intelligence about Japanese troops in advance of the American armada. The three are to reconnoiter and report via their shortwave radio. Lieutenant Craig may not have the stomach for killing; Jersey is a cynical sergeant; Bartlett is the radio man who also speaks Japanese. They're soon in touch with guerrillas, led by Paco, a tough, skeptical school teacher. The Japanese learn the Americans are in the area and take school children hostage until the Filipinos find, arrest, and turn over the GIs. Can this tiny squad make allies, save the children, get and transmit the information, and live to tell the tale? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It took courage to get to Luzon - and blood and guts to move every mile beyond!

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Escapatoria al infierno  »

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A bicycle and a wheelchair were used in place of camera dollies on this film. See more »

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When the Filipino actors speak in their native tongue it is Tagalog but people around Lingayen Gulf speak Pangasinan, a different dialect. See more »

Quotes

Jersey: Yeah, we're all gonna die anyway - tomorrow, next week, 30 years from now. Did that little thought ever penetrate your thick skull?
Burnett: Yeah, once when I was a boy, but naturally I dismissed it as being too outrageous.
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An unusual cast highlights this location filmed WWII tale.
7 December 1998 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

One time pop singing star Jimmy Rodgers is teamed with a VERY young Jack Nicholson, in this tale of three Intel-recon rangers, landing in the Phillipines, just prior to McArthur's return. This is an early directorial effort by Monte Hellman, and combined with the young cast, and several Phillipino actors there is a sense of awkwardness to the film that actually lends to its authenticity. The story, centered on knocking out a Japanese communication center is simple, the dialogue terse. Theatre owner/producer Lippert is credited as an executive producer, and the film is reminscent of his earlier release "Silent Raiders" (1954). Worth a look, just to see a young Nicholson, honing his craft.


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