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The Day of the Trumpet (1958)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, War | November 1963 (USA)
An American cavalry brigade is sent to occupy a small Filipino village in 1902 and quell guerilla resistance in the surrounding jungle. Working with the people to build roads, schools, and ... See full summary »

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... Sgt. Judd Norcutt
Pancho Magalona ... Capt. Magno Maxalla
Alicia Vergel ... Laura
... Sgt. Jim Heisler
... Pvt. Steve Haines
... Lt. Worth
Cielito Legaspi ... Clara
Eddie Infante ... San Pascual's Priest
Roy Planas ... Tibo Maxalla
Max Alvarado ... Carlo
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An American cavalry brigade is sent to occupy a small Filipino village in 1902 and quell guerilla resistance in the surrounding jungle. Working with the people to build roads, schools, and bridges, they prove that the most important thing an army can have is "good will and integrity." Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Adventure | Romance | War

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Cavalry Command  »

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Shot in 1958, not released in the U.S. until 1964. See more »

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That one-star review was written by someone with historically inaccurate views
17 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

The previous one-star review of this film is remarkably ignorant of history,while incredibly disparaging the film's historical accuracy. The reviewer laments the involvement of director Eddie Romero--a Filipino--in what he considers a misrepresentation. Apparently the reviewer thinks that he knows Philippine history better than Filipinos themselves. Romero was not just hired to direct the movie, but he actually INITIATED it, and wrote the screenplay.

The reviewer makes the statement that the U.S. was actually a far worse ruling power in the Philippines than the Spanish had been before them, a comment so indefensibly ignorant that one can only shake one's head. He also says that the Spanish at least recognized the nationalist aspirations of Filipinos; perhaps the reviewer should read up on the lives of Jose Rizal, Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomez and Jacinto Zamora, all executed by the Spanish for daring to advocate equality for Filipinos in their own country. One can only conclude that the reviewer needs to read up more.

The film documents the arrival of the U.S. Cavalry in a small Filipino village and the trouble they have winning the trust of the citizens. On a cinematic level, the film is unspectacular, but adequate. The performances are all fine, and the viewer will get to see some popular Filipino actors of the day (Pancho Magalona, Alicia Vergel, character actor Eddie Infante, and an early appearance by Vic Diaz) along with the well-known Hollywood stars. But the presentation seems somewhat routine.


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