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Too Late the Hero (1970)

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.

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Action | War | Drama

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3 September 1970 (Italy)  »

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Suicide Run  »

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(video compilation) | (TCM Print)

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(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

Although set during WW2, this is a deliberate allegory of the conflict that was raging in Vietnam at the time. See more »

Goofs

When the patrol ambushes the first Japanese patrol, there are five Japanese in this patrol. Hornsby shoots one in the back, causing him to fall to the ground. The rest of the British troops then fire at the remaining Japanese, of which there are still five standing. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Tosh Hearne: [to Lawson] Getting ourselves killed is not going to make any difference to anyone except us.
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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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