In the wake of Pearl Harbor's surprise attack, World War II hero, Lt. John Brickley's experimental squadron of agile fast-attack Patrol Torpedo boats is sent to warm and humid Manila to avert a potentially imminent Japanese invasion. As he and his second-in-command, Lieutenant "Rusty" Ryan, desperately try to prove the newly-founded naval unit's worth, the enemy launches a devastating all-out attack--and despite the PT boat flotilla's undeniable success--the considerably outnumbered and outgunned American soldiers are fighting a losing battle. Little by little, the Philippine campaign is doomed to cave in, as comrades-in-arms perish in the sea. Is there glory in defeat?Written by
After hearing that Admiral Blackwell wants to see LT Brickley, LTJG Ryan opines that he "probably wants us to carry a message to Garcia." This refers to an inspirational and originally untitled essay by Elbert Hubbard, published in 1899. The essay deals with the problem of finding workers who will obey orders without needless questions, work hard without supervision, overcoming obstacles by taking initiative on their own, and complete assignments as tasked. It complains of those who do not fall into the above category as impeding the work of those who do.
In the days leading to the Spanish-American War, President McKinley wanted to initiate communication with the Cuban (anti-Spanish) rebels, potential allies in a war with Spain. Lt Andrew Rowan was detailed to find Calixto Garcia, one of the rebel commanders.Rowan was dispatched to Jamaica with orders of getting a message to Garcia and little other direction. After an arduous trip, Rowan found Garcia in the Oriente Mountains of Cuba and established a rapport with him. Rowan garnered information from Garcia and returned it the US. Soon, after the "Message to Garcia" became associated with Hubbard's essay. See more »
When Lt. Sandy Davys attends the 'party', Lt. JG 'Rusty' Ryan takes a big swig of his drink, spilling some of it down his face and shirt, yet in the next scene, he's completely dry. See more »
A film about following orders no matter how painful
One reveiwer critices this film about lack of action he misses the point,all the characters are well developed which makes the ending so painfull. The acting is first rate every part is played with a great belief,,there are so many great scenes that touch the heart.The men are bonded together by their actions and when the bonds are broken through death or orders it hurts us all. Donna Reed is gorgeous to look at ,only a small role but well acted. At the end of the film you feel a lump in your throat and a tear forms in your eye,I love this movie.9/10
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