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Merrill's Marauders (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 14 June 1962 (West Germany)
During WW2, a 3000-strong American unit, known as Merrill's Marauders, battles the Japanese forces in Burma.

Director:

Samuel Fuller

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Milton Sperling (screenplay), Samuel Fuller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Jeff Chandler ... Brig. Gen. Frank D. Merrill
Ty Hardin ... 2nd Lt. Lee Stockton
Peter Brown ... Bullseye
Andrew Duggan ... Capt. Abraham Lewis Kolodny, MD
Will Hutchins ... Chowhound
Claude Akins ... Sgt. Kolowicz
Luz Valdez ... Burmese girl
John Hoyt ... Gen. Joseph Stilwell
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... Muley (as Charles Briggs)
Chuck Roberson ... Officer
Chuck Hayward ... Officer
Jack C. Williams Jack C. Williams ... Doctor
Chuck Hicks ... Cpl. Doskis
Vaughan Wilson Vaughan Wilson ... Bannister
Pancho Magalona Pancho Magalona ... Taggy
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Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill leads the 3,000 American volunteers of his 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), aka "Merrill's Marauders", behind Japanese lines across Burma to Myitkyina, pushing beyond their limits and fighting pitched battles at every strong-point. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1962 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Durchbruch auf Befehl See more »

Filming Locations:

Pampanga, Philippines See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Fuller agreed to direct this in the hope that Warner Brothers would also finance " The Big Red One ". It would be another 15 years before the movie actually began shooting, with Lorimar financing. Eventually the Homevideo rights would belong to Warner Brothers. See more »

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When they reach the railroad and airdrops are scheduled, Will Hutchins' character watches the airplanes making the drops. The aircraft are Douglas C-124s which didn't enter service until 1950 - for the 1944 era of the movie, the aircraft would have been Douglas C-47 or Curtiss C-46 airplanes. See more »

Quotes

Bannister: Do you know what I'm going to do after the war? I'm going to get married and have six kids. Then I'm going to line them up and tell them what Burma was like. And if they don't cry, I'll beat the hell out of them.
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Decent War Presentation, But Some Intensity Is Lacking
12 May 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a decent World War II movie, but not as exciting as I had hoped it would be. I liked the fact it was exactly that - a war story - with no sappy romance distractions - but yet it was still on the bland side. I can't quite put my finger on it, but some spark was missing. If this was re-made today, I'm sure it would have been more of an attention-grabber.

Perhaps part of the minor problem is that the story is a bit of a downer most of the way through (not that war is ever uplifting). It's basically about a group of soldiers who volunteered for this bad assignment (to fight in Burma) and when their assignment was over and they assumed they were going home, they were given further assignments. Battling unrelenting fatigue and extremely difficult terrain means there are very few upbeat moments in this film. In this based-on-a-true story movie, only about 100 soldiers were left fighting after 3,000 started. Yet a lot of the movie just shows the poor guys sloshing through swamps or slowing trying to make their way up treacherous mountain terrain.

You get a few minor attempts at some humor to break up the depressing story, but they are weak such as the stereotypical southerner with his pet mule who wears a straw hat.

In some respects, this film reminded me of "The Big Red One," which also was directed by Sam Fuller but had a lot more intensity and passion to it.

Jeff Chandler and Ty Hardin were fine in the lead roles, as was Claude Atkins in a supporting one. Chandler and Atkins looked like tough, battle-scarred soldiers more than the others. Hardin has too much pretty-boy looks and voice for this role, although his acting was fine.

Overall, okay, but not worth a second look.


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