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Too Late the Hero (1970)

GP  |   |  Action, War, Drama  |  3 September 1970 (Italy)
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A reluctant hero, American Lt. Sam Lawson, is secunded to a motley British unit tasked with destroying a Japanese radio on a Philippine island.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Sam Lawson
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Pvt. Jock Thornton
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Pvt. Campbell
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Lance Percival ...
Cpl. McLean
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Sgt. Johnstone
Patrick Jordan ...
Sergeant Major
Sam Kydd ...
Colour-Sergeant
William Beckley ...
Pvt. Currie
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Pvt. Griffiths
Harvey Jason ...
Signalman Scott
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Pvt. Connolly
Roger Newman ...
Pvt. Riddle
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Storyline

A WWII film set on a Pacific island. Japanese and allied forces occupy different parts of the island. When a group of British soldiers are sent on a mission behind enemy lines, things don't go exactly to plan. This film differs in that some of the 'heros' are very reluctant, but they come good when they are pursued by the Japanese who are determined to prevent them returning to base. Written by Rob Hartill

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War. It's A Dying Business.

Genres:

Action | War | Drama

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Release Date:

3 September 1970 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Suicide Run  »

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Technical Specs

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(video compilation) | (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)

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(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Aldrich told the studio that he would accept "anybody but Cliff Robertson" for the leading role. His refusal to allow Robertson to attend the Academy Awards ceremony in 1969 was seen as a way to extract revenge on the studio. See more »

Goofs

When Lt. Lawson confers with Col. Thompson in the HQ, the Union Flag on the wall behind Col. Thompson is upside down. In another shot, it is up the right way. During the shoot at Cubi Point in he Philippines, someone stole the flag sometime during the night. They had to send to Hong Kong for another one and the new one was replaced the right way up. See more »

Quotes

Captain Hornsby: What an extraordinary fellow!
Colonel Thompson: Well, he is an American.
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Connections

Referenced in Rainbow Bridge (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Teddy Bear's Picnic
Written by John W. Bratton
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Sung by the patrol as it leaves the base
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WWII forerunner of Aliens!
22 December 1998 | by (Edinburgh) – See all my reviews

"Too Late the Hero" is an excellent WWII piece whose plot served as the basis for "Aliens" and "Southern Comfort" and is just as good as those other excellent movies: reluctant hero Cliff Robertson joins a motley group of soldiers (here British troops, including loud-mouthed Michael Caine and mad Ian Bannen) led by an incompetent officer, Denholm Elliot, and an experienced sergeant, Percy Herbert, who dies early on. Soon they are being stalked by a very ruthless enemy (Japanese troops led by Ken Takakura, whose role is, refreshingly, not a stereotype - coming across as a rather efficient officer) and shifty Ronald Fraser attempts to save his skin at the expense of the others. As this is Robert Aldrich there is a lot of brutal action, the characters have very few redeeming features but are excellently portrayed by Robertson and the excellent selection of British character actors, and are very anti-military! The climactic scene where the survivors race across open ground under fire from the Japanese is one of the best climaxes ever!


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