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The Raiders of Leyte Gulf (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 19 August 1963 (USA)
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An American intelligence agent is captured by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II. A team is put together to try to rescue him.

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Eddie Romero (as E.F.Romero)

Writer:

Eddie Romero (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Leopoldo Salcedo Leopoldo Salcedo ... Col. Lino Sebastian
Michael Parsons Michael Parsons ... Lt. Robert Grimm
Efren Reyes Efren Reyes ... Capt. Shirai Akira
Jennings Sturgeon Jennings Sturgeon ... Emmett Wilson
Eddie Mesa Eddie Mesa ... Angel Zabala
Liza Moreno Liza Moreno ... Aida Rivas
Oscar Keesee Oscar Keesee ... Leon Magpayo
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An American intelligence agent is captured by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II. A team is put together to try to rescue him.

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Jap torture and brutality failed . . . and the invasion plans of the bloodiest battle of World War II . . . were safe! See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

Philippines | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comandos del infierno See more »

Filming Locations:

Leyte, Philippines

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Mono

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Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Eddie Romero's worst?
17 July 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE RAIDERS OF LEYTE GULF is YET another black and white WW2 flick shot in the Philippines in the early 1960s by exploitation director Eddie Romero. Most of the films in this sub-genre are undistinguished and difficult to enjoy, but RAIDERS is bad even by Romero's standards, a singularly uninspiring and exceedingly dull attempt at a war story.

The basic storyline sees an American soldier captured and tortured by the Japanese while a crack squad of troops are sent to rescue him. What this all leads to is a series of running battles which soon merge into one another. Said battles are directed matter-of-factly by Romero and, while they're occasionally impressive thanks to the number of extras and explosions, the director's lack of creativity saps them of excitement.

The film lacks the presence of a big-name American star and even the Filipino regulars are disappointing without the presence of more established faces (Vic Diaz, Fernando Poe Jr.). Characterisation is nil and while there are attempts to humanise at least one of the Japanese soldiers it all leads to nothing, Romero sacrificing depth in favour of yet more indistinguishable gun battles.


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