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3 September 1970 (Italy) See more »
War. It's A Dying Business.
A reluctant hero, American Lt. Sam Lawson, is secunded to a motley British unit tasked with destroying a Japanese radio on a Philippine island. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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fromthe production company of the avengers ABC See more (41 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Pvt. Tosh Hearne

Cliff Robertson ... Lt. Sam Lawson

Ian Bannen ... Pvt. Jock Thornton

Harry Andrews ... Col. Thompson

Ronald Fraser ... Pvt. Campbell

Denholm Elliott ... Capt. Hornsby
Lance Percival ... Cpl. McLean

Percy Herbert ... Sgt. Johnstone
Patrick Jordan ... Sergeant Major
Sam Kydd ... Colour-Sergeant
William Beckley ... Pvt. Currie

Martin Horsey ... Pvt. Griffiths
Harvey Jason ... Signalman Scott

Don Knight ... Pvt. Connolly
Roger Newman ... Pvt. Riddle
Michael Parsons ... Pvt. Rafferty (as Michael J. Parsons)
Sean MacDuff ... Pvt. Rogers

Frank Webb ... Ensign

Henry Fonda ... Capt. John G. Nolan

Ken Takakura ... Maj. Yamaguchi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
C.D. Blomquist ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Toy Echols ... Cheering Soldier at British Base Camp (uncredited)
Kenny Salvatt ... Platoon Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Aldrich 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Aldrich  screenplay
Robert Aldrich  story
Lukas Heller  screenplay
Robert Sherman  story

Produced by
Robert Aldrich .... producer
Walter Blake .... associate producer
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc  (as Joseph Biroc)
Film Editing by
Michael Luciano 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
James Dowell Vance 
Set Decoration by
John Brown 
Makeup Department
Jack Stone .... makeup artist
William Turner .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... production supervisor
Vicente Nayve .... production supervisor: Philippines
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Malcolm R. Harding .... second assistant director (as Malcolm Harding)
Francisco MacLong .... first assistant director: second unit
Grayson Rogers .... first assistant director
Oscar Rudolph .... second unit director
Brian Bilgorri .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John La Salandra .... construction coordinator
Maurice Larson .... painter
Don Pringle .... greensman
Ygnacio Sepulveda .... property master
Sound Department
Richard S. Church .... sound mixer (as Richard Church)
Milo B. Lory .... sound effects (as Milo Lory)
Franklin Milton .... sound recording supervisor (as Frank Milton)
Levy Principe .... sound mixer: second unit
Special Effects by
Henry Millar Jr. .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Albert Nalpas .... montage editor
Dick LeBeau .... stunt double (uncredited)
Joe Pronto .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Saito .... stunts (uncredited)
Pat Studstill .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Axel Broda .... camera technician: second unit
Joseph Carter .... electrical engineer
Orville Hallberg .... camera operator
William Hanna II .... gaffer (as William Hanna)
Joe Jackman .... camera operator
Robert Merry .... best boy electric
Jun Rasca .... assistant camera: second unit (as June Rasca)
Nonong Rasca .... camera operator: second unit
Hermo Santos .... camera operator: second unit
Paul Schwake Jr. .... head grip
Herbert Smith .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles E. James .... wardrobe (as Charlie James)
Editorial Department
Joseph Harrison .... associate editor
Music Department
William Saracino .... music editor
Transportation Department
Charles Randazzo .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
William Aldrich .... assistant to producer
Dave Davies .... unit publicist
Kenneth Gilbert .... script supervisor (as Ken Gilbert)
Patricia Heade .... production assistant
Richard Kuhn .... title designer
Robert C. Lafever .... technical advisor (as Captain Robert C. Lefever USN [Ret.])
Takafumi Ohashi .... technical advisor
Arnold H. Orgolini .... location auditor (as Arnold Orgolini)
Robert Sherman .... dialogue supervisor
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Robert Aldrichs's Too Late the Hero" - International (English title) (complete title)
"Suicide Run" - USA (TV title)
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Argentina:145 min | USA:133 min (video compilation) | USA:133 min (TCM Print)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints) | Mono (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Hearne makes a comment "Carry on, Gunga Din", being more likely a reference to the Rudyard Kipling poem, rather than the film of the same name.See more »
Factual errors: 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!See more »
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
fromthe production company of the avengers ABC, 18 March 2001
Author: JET ACE

ASSOCIATED BRITISH COMPANY comes this well told tale of a WW 2 SOE/OSS commando mission to destroy a japanese communications base. The film also stars KEN TAKAKURA as a non sadisitic japanese commander which is a change of pace from the john wayne..."let's avenge the USS ARIZONA" SANDS OF IWO JIMA fare. The character he portrays (takakura) is full of honor and humanity.he is a soldier fighting on what the US would consider the wrong side of the war but from his perspective his side is the right side. I rather enjoy this film as CLIFF ROBERTSON and MICHAEL CAINE give two brilliant performances. The original score adds to the films flavor and it is one of the better produced WW 2 commando films I ate up as a kid on tv. ASSOCIATE BRITISH COMPANY has no relation to the united states tv network ABC for a while they were a british company that did work with BBC and THAMES etc. The look of the film is authentic and Caine gives a briliant performance as a pessimist..the anti secular humansit hot off the heels of BATTLE OF BRITAIN..the nice thing is in this movie he doesn't get eliminated early in the feature. I recommend this movie to WW 2 and action buffs. this and OBSESSION are two of CLIFF ROBERTSONS best roles.

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