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Battle of Blood Island -- Battle of Blood Island is a riveting tale of survival in which two American GIs remaining after a Japanese onslaught fight to stay alive and evade the enemy.


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8 April 1960 (USA) See more »
10,000 men attack--only two got through!
Two American GIs are the only survivors of a unit wiped out in a battle with Japanese troops on an isolated island. The two, who don't like each other, find try to put aside their differences in order to evade the Japanese and survive. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Richard Devon ... Moe
Ron Gans ... Ken (as Ron Kennedy)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roger Corman ... Soldier on Hilltop (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Rapp  (as Joel M. Rapp)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joel Rapp  (as Joel M. Rapp)
Philip Roth  story "Expect the Vandals"

Produced by
Stanley Bickman .... producer (as Stanley R. Bickman)
Roger Corman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Fred Katz 
Cinematography by
Jacques R. Marquette  (as Jack Marquette)
Film Editing by
Carlo Lodato 
Makeup Department
Esteban Diaz .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Bohrer .... assistant director
Sound Department
Tomas Vigue .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Hannawalt .... key grip
Juan Pizarro .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Herbie Marin .... wardrobe
Music Department
Margaret Royce .... music editor
Other crew
Lucy Bolivar .... script supervisor
Raul Penagaricano .... assistant to producer

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USA:64 min
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The film is based on Philip Roth's short story "Expect the Vandals", published in Esquire Magazine, December 1958.See more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
not what you might expect, but not bad, 10 April 2011
Author: asinyne from United States

I definitely liked this film more than the other reviewers. Yeah, the battle at the beginning was badly staged and kind of goofy. If the marines fought anything like those guys we would have never won any war period. Afterwards though I really enjoyed what essentially became a tale of survival on a deserted island. Think Castaway here. One of the soldiers is badly injured and depends on the other for almost every single thing he needs. This puts a lot of stress on Moe who is pretty darn high strung anyhow. Basically you have one physically incomplete person and one mentally incomplete person somehow struggling through all their issues while wondering if they're ever gonna see civilization again or simply die in the middle of nowhere.

This is more of a psychological film as opposed to the typical war film. Yeah, there is lots of fighting and killing but what happens internally to the two stranded GIs is what the movie is all about. I found that it kept my interest very well indeed and wish I could have given it a 7 and a half. The actor playing Moe was really good and his face is pretty recognizable. He played lots of heavies and gangsters back in the sixties.

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