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Merrill's Marauders (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 16 March 1962 (Finland)
During WW2, a 3000-strong American unit, known as Merrill's Marauders, battles the Japanese forces in Burma.

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Samuel Fuller

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Milton Sperling (screenplay), Samuel Fuller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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american | army | japanese | crying | bowl | See All (100) »

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Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1962 (Finland) 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (archive footage)| Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A lot of the music in the movie was lifted from Objective, Burma! (1945) and composed by Franz Waxman. See more »

Goofs

When the attack on the rail yard starts, a GI is shot as he crosses the rails. He falls down, and then, after he is down, he raises his arm up and drapes it across the rail. 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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Opening credits prologue: JANUARY 1942 See more »

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"A good psychological study of the suffering of soldiers fighting in the jungle"
8 February 2006 | by ArCon1956See all my reviews

"This is not the best war movie I've ever seen, but it is certainly not the worst. (I prefer Sam Fuller's The Big Red One myself.) It certainly uses most of the movie clichés of the day.

For me, the film is a sentimental favorite more than anything else. My father served with the Marauders in Company "L" and we always enjoyed watching it together.

Probably the best thing which I could say about it is how Fuller sets the emotional tone of the life of the soldiers. Watch this movie if you want to see what it was like to fight in the jungles of Burma without enough food or rest."


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