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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
The Bataan of the title refers to both the World War II Battle of Bataan and the region called Bataan, which is a Central Luzon province on Luzon island in the Philippines, which occupies the whole of the Bataan Peninsula on the island. See more »
When the Americans were first positioned, their duty was to blow up the bridge and then make sure that the Japanese didn't rebuild it. The American site of operations should have had a clear view of the bridge and the approaching Japanese, which was the intent of the Captain before he was killed.. For some reason, however, the Americans chose a poor position for their base and the bridge was not easily observed, and the Japanese were able to cross the chasm and attack through the jungle with impunity. See more »
Sergeant Bill Dane:
Listen, you guys. What happened over there was no accident. Better know right now. Those no-tailed baboons are ichiban sukiru - meaning, number one skillful.
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Closing credits epilogue: So fought the heroes of Bataan. Their sacrifice made possible our victories in the Coral and Bismark Seas, at Midway, on New Guinea and Guadalcanal. Their spirit will lead us back to Bataan! See more »
Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »
I remember seeing this film as a child, but only recently did I get a copy of the DVD and experience it as an adult. Being a student of history and in the military, war films have to go a long way to impress me. This one doesn't let you down. In some ways I think it does a better job realistically portraying war than some modern films I've seen. This small patrol of US Army soldiers must contend with lethal sniper fire, air raids, and overwhelming numbers of Japanese soldiers. One other thing it does a good job at is fully representing the diverse social spectrum of our country. For a film made in 1943, that is quite an accomplishment. Bravo!
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