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Intramuros (1964)

Not Rated | | War, Drama | 17 November 1965 (USA)
This gritty, atmospheric war movie dramatizes a chapter of World War II history in which 10,000 Japanese soldiers, fearing execution if they surrendered, disobeyed their own superiors' ... See full summary »

Directors:

Gerardo de Leon (as Gerardo De Leon), Eddie Romero

Writers:

Ferde Grofé Jr. (screenplay) (as Ferde Grofe Jr.), Cesar Amigo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jock Mahoney ... Lt. Jim Sorenson
Fernando Poe Jr. Fernando Poe Jr. ... Sgt. Nardo Maglaya
Michael Parsons Michael Parsons ... Papa (as Mike Parsons)
Oscar Roncal Oscar Roncal ... Joker
Paul Edwards Jr. Paul Edwards Jr. ... Murray
Ely Ramos Jr. Ely Ramos Jr. ... Jose
Fred Galang Fred Galang ... Pedring
Vance Skarstedt Vance Skarstedt ... Major Briggs
Cecilia Lopez Cecilia Lopez ... Tina
Arsenio Alonzo Arsenio Alonzo
Claude Wilson Claude Wilson ... Major
Pedro Navarro Pedro Navarro
Carpi Asturias Carpi Asturias
Andres Centenera
Paquito Salcedo Paquito Salcedo
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This gritty, atmospheric war movie dramatizes a chapter of World War II history in which 10,000 Japanese soldiers, fearing execution if they surrendered, disobeyed their own superiors' orders and barricaded themselves in Manila's Intramuros section along with a thousand or so unfortunate civilians. The walled city-within-the-city was built by Spanish colonialists from 1590 onward. Leading Allied forces trying to wear the trapped Axis troops' resistance down is Jock Mahoney as a gruff American officer carrying a big load of guilt from a prior operation gone wrong. Shot in impressive chiaroscuro-lit black-and-white on location, this was a fairly rare U.S. coproduction at the time, though the Philippines would shortly become a hub for English- language exploitation movies (with co-directors Eddie Romero and Gerardo de Leon among the busiest creators of features designed for both local and overseas audiences). WALLS OF HELL must have been a bittersweet project for de Leon: during WW2 he ...

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Taglines:

AMERICAN COURAGE DEFEATS THE JAPANESE STAND AT THE WALLED CITY OF MANILA! (used on 1965 double-feature poster with "Blood Creature" - all caps) See more »

Genres:

War | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Philippines | USA

Language:

English | Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

17 November 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Walls of Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and events in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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Referenced in Alay ni da king: An FPJ special (2007) See more »

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Mabuhay
by Tirso Cruz
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Incessant action but no real narrative
2 June 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

In the early '60s, Filipino producers decided to tap the American appetite for war stories with a series of lurid, low budget black-and-white battle flicks that depicted various events from the Second World War. THE WALLS OF HELL (original title: INTRAMUROS) tackles a true-life tale in which 10,000 fanatical Japanese troops, walled up within Manila, refuse to give up in the face of overwhelming odds.

Despite the exciting premise, THE WALLS OF HELL turns out to be a disappointing movie and that's down to the indifferent direction and the lack of a real storyline. The film offers plenty of action, including a final third which is an all-out and incessant assault on the enemy, but too much of it is repetitive and undistinguished. The lack of real characters hurts it too; the imported American star is one-time Tarzan Jock Mahoney and Filipino film regular Fernando Poe Jr. shows up, but they're given little to do other than appear for face value alone.

I can't help but feel that directors Gerardo de Leon and Eddie Romero worked better when they went for all-out exploitation fare instead, such as the BLOOD ISLAND films. The results might have been equally shoddy, but at least they were more memorable than this bland and generic piece of filmmaking.


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