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Ambush Bay (1966)

Approved | | War, Drama | 10 May 1966 (West Germany)
A Marine unit on a Japanese-held island in the Philippines tries to hook up with local Filipino guerrillas.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sgt. Steve Corey
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Sgt. Ernest Wartell
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Pvt. James Grenier
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Sgt. William Maccone (as Pete Masterson)
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Cpl. Alvin Ross
Greg Amsterdam ...
Cpl. Stanley Parrish
Bruno Punzalan ...
Ramon
Tisa Chang ...
Miyazaki
Buff Fernandez ...
Lt. Tokuzo
Joaquin Fajardo ...
Capt. Koyamatsu
Limbo Lagdameo ...
Man
Nonong Arceo ...
Soldier
Jim Anauo ...
Pvt. Henry Reynolds
Tony Smith ...
Pvt. George George
Clem Stadler ...
Capt. Alonzo Davis
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With General MacArthur poised to strike against the Japanese defenses in the Philippines, a group of nine Marines are given a secret mission.They have to secretly land on a Philippine island in order to contact a spy who has information vital to General MacArthur's planned invasion.When their captain is killed, sergeant Corey takes charge of the group.The patrol fights its way through the Japanese-infested jungle, and only five Marines remain when they finally reach their destination.The group's radio has been destroyed, and they are unable to communicate with their base.It means that even if they find their spy and retrieve the vital intelligence they will be unable to relay this information to General MacArthur's headquarters.The Japanese, already alerted to commando's presence in the area are closing in.The Marines are running out of time. Written by nufs68

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Their top secret mission paved the way for the man who said "I Shall Return!".

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Bahía de la emboscada  »

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Trivia

Feature debut of television director Ron Winston. See more »

Goofs

Late in the film, a Japanese soldier yells "aray!" after being hit over the head. "Aray" is actually a Tagalog, not Japanese, expression meaning "ouch". The production hired Filipinos to play the Japanese roles. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: THE PHILIPPINES OCTOBER 1944 See more »

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Referenced in Lusting Hours (1967) See more »

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The Music and Imagery saved this otherwise pedestrian WWII epic
14 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just picked up this DVD for a song. Yes, the acting is wooden, the characters are archetypes of classic WWII yarns, and the blood was obviously red paint. But this film does include two nice touches: the cinematography, and the music score. I thought I recognized the music: Richard LaSalle was the composer for "Ambush Bay" and many of his music cues from this film turned up as incidental music on most of producer Irwin Allen's TV projects throughout the 1970's. The "Land of the Giants" series used a lot of his music in the later episodes.

Oddly, in a peculiar coincidence, "Ambush Bay" co-script writer Ib Melchoir was a noted sci-fi film scribe, having penned "The Time Travelers" (1966), and is credited with creating the idea for producer Irwin Allen's "Lost In Space" (for which he was not given credit). And the tie-in is that composer LaSalle contributed scores to both "Time Travelers" and "Lost in Space" (sometimes fact IS stranger than fiction).


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