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


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.


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Release Date:

3 September 1970 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The US Navy's base at Subic Bay in the Philippines was a perfect location, as it had all the necessary amenities as well as having rain forest on one side and salt water on the other, in addition to its proximity to the city of Manila. See more »


The British Vickers machine gun had an effective range of 810 yds (740m), but could be used for indirect fire at distances up to 4500 yards (4100m). The British 2-inch mortar had a range of 500 yards (457m). Given that the mortars can reach the edge of the jungle, that gives the width of the open field as around that distance (500 yds). The Japanese Arisaka rifle had an effective range of 400m (360 yds), which would put the British troops out of range. However, the Japanese infantry are seen using a Type 99 Light Machine Gun. This had a range of up to 1600 yds (1500m), though its effective range was more likely considerably less. This means that the British soldiers would not be out of range of this weapon when they stood behind their weapons pits, though it is unlikely the Japanese would try to hit them at that distance. See more »


Capt. John G. Nolan: [Sarcastically referring to Lawson whom he secunded to the British] They're gonna love him!
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Referenced in The Postgraduate Course in Sexual Love (1970) See more »


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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commandos on a island take up a impossible mission
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TOO LATE THE HERO is a top notch war film about a british unit plus one american who must destroy a japanese communications station on a island. The mission for all purposes is impossible. TOO LATE THE HERO is long in a few spots, yet the film overcomes this flaw and the pace flows smoothly again. The film has a gritty realism to it which is aided by the deep jungle locations the film was shot at. Fans of FARWELL TO THE KING will enjoy this film as well, as it is up the same alley as that Nick Nolte film. OOne thing I enjoyed about this film were the casualty levels on the japanese and allied sides; these were were very realistic.

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