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Bataan (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 15 April 1944 (Mexico)
In 1942, in the Bataan peninsula of the Philippines, a ragtag American unit commanded by Sergeant Bill Dane attempts to blow-up a bridge in order to slow the Japanese advance.

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writer:

Robert Hardy Andrews (original screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews)
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Sergeant Bill Dane
George Murphy ... Lieut. Steve Bentley
Thomas Mitchell ... Corp. Jake Feingold
Lloyd Nolan ... Corp. Barney Todd
Lee Bowman ... Capt. Henry Lassiter
Robert Walker ... Leonard Purckett
Desi Arnaz ... Felix Ramirez
Barry Nelson ... F.X. Matowski
Phillip Terry ... Matthew Hardy
Roque Espiritu Roque Espiritu ... Corp. Juan Katigbak
Kenneth Spencer Kenneth Spencer ... Wesley Eeps
Alex Havier Alex Havier ... Yankee Salazar (as J. Alex Havier)
Tom Dugan ... Sam Malloy
Donald Curtis ... Lieutenant
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Storyline

Japan has just invaded the Phillipines and the US Army attempts a desperate defence. Thirteen men are chosen to blow up a bridge on the Bataan peninsula and keep the Japanese from rebuilding it. Written by <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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Great Drama of American Heroism See more »

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Drama | War

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Trivia

The film was criticized for being too studio-bound. See more »

Goofs

A scream after a head shot during a fall is highly unlikely. Especially since the old World War I style helmets gave almost no protection from projectiles. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Bill Dane: Come on, suckers! What's the matter with you? What are you waitin' for? Didn't think we were here, did you? You dirty rotten rats! We're still here! We'll always be here! Why don't you come and get it?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: When Japan struck, our desperate need was time - - - time to marshal our new armies. Ninety-six priceless days were bought for us - - with their lives - - by the defenders of Bataan, the Philippine army which formed the bulk of MacArthur's infantry fighting shoulder to shoulder with Americans. To those immortal dead, who heroically stayed the wave of barbaric conquest, this picture is reverently dedicated. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Lost Patrol (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

St. Louis Blues
(1914) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by W.C. Handy
Sung a cappella and hummed often by Kenneth Spencer
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Taylor shines in gritty war film...Robert Walker's debut...
16 February 2002 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

BATAAN is one of the better war films to come out during the war years of World War II. Robert Taylor holds the whole gritty film together with his realistic depiction of a sergeant leading a small troop of men in an effort to hold back the Japanese attack by blowing up a crucial bridge. Taylor, Robert Walker as a gum-chewing homesick sailor, Lloyd Nolan, Dezi Arnaz (surprisingly effective in a dramatic role) and others make splendid contributions. Special mention should be made of Philip Terry's medic--an under-appreciated actor who is shown as committed to his job in a selfless way but finally going berserk under the pressures of war. (He had other good roles in Olivia de Havilland's TO EACH HIS OWN and Ray Milland's THE LOST WEEKEND).

The jungle setting (although filmed on the studio lot) is impressive with its exotic foliage and adds to the realism. The hand to hand combat scenes are well staged, as are the final moments of the film.

All in all, a gripping war film that more than holds its own with contemporary stories like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.

Has to be appreciated in the context of its time--when flag-waving patriotism was at its peak and lines like "Those dirty Japs" were not considered politically incorrect.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

15 April 1944 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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$958,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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