6.8/10
2,836
44 user 17 critic

Too Late the Hero (1970)

A reluctant hero, American Lieutenant Sam Lawson, is secunded to a motley British unit tasked with destroying a Japanese radio on a Philippine island.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Play Dirty (1969)
Certificate: M Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

During the Desert War in North Africa, a group of British commandos disguised in Italian soldiers must travel behind enemy lines and destroy a vital Nazi oil depot.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Michael Caine, Nigel Davenport, Nigel Green
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Set in the Depression, a gang of half-witted small-time hoods led by Slim Grissom kidnap heiress Barbara Blandish and Slim proceeds to fall in love with her. Remake of the 1948 British film... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musante
Hustle (1975)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

At the instigation of a grieving father, a Los Angeles cop investigates the suspicious circumstances of a girl's apparent suicide.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve, Ben Johnson
Kidnapped (1971)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 18th century Scotland, during the Jacobite Rebellion, David Balfour claims his inheritance from his uncle who has him shanghaied on a ship where David meets fugitive Jacobite rebel Alan Breck.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Lawrence Douglas
Certificate: GP Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During the Thirty Years' War of 1600s, a band of Protestant mercenaries peacefully coexist with German Catholic villagers in a hidden idyllic mountain valley untouched by war.

Director: James Clavell
Stars: Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Florinda Bolkan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

George lives with her lover, Childie and plays a cheerful district nurse in a BBC soap opera. However, her character is to be killed off, and George realises that the only other job she can... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Beryl Reid, Susannah York, Coral Browne
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A British Agent's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Michael Caine, Donald Pleasence, Delphine Seyrig
Deadfall (1968)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Cat burglar Henry Clarke and his accomplices, the Moreaus, attempt to steal diamonds from the château of millionaire Salinas. However, Henry's partners in crime aren't the most emotionally stable people.

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Michael Caine, Giovanna Ralli, Vladek Sheybal
The Wrong Box (1966)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other... or can be made to have seemed to do so!

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: John Mills, Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson
Ulzana's Raid (1972)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After fierce war chief Ulzana and a small war party jump the reservation bent on murder and terror, an inexperienced young lieutenant is assigned to track him down.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Jorge Luke
The Choirboys (1977)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of Los Angeles cops decide to take off some of the pressures of their jobs by engaging in various forms of after hours debauchery.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Perry King
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An imprisoned rogue USAF general with a secret personal agenda, escapes the brig and takes over an ICBM silo, threatening to start WW3.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Roscoe Lee Browne
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Pvt. Jock Thornton
...
...
Pvt. Campbell
...
Lance Percival ...
...
Sgt. Johnstone
Patrick Jordan ...
Sergeant Major
Sam Kydd ...
...
Pvt. Currie
Martin Horsey ...
Pvt. Griffiths
...
Signalman Scott
...
Pvt. Connolly
Roger Newman ...
Pvt. Riddle
Edit

Storyline

A WWII film set on a Pacific island. Japanese and allied forces occupy different parts of the island. When a group of British soldiers are sent on a mission behind enemy lines, things don't go exactly to plan. This film differs in that some of the 'heros' are very reluctant, but they come good when they are pursued by the Japanese who are determined to prevent them returning to base. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

War. It's A Dying Business.

Genres:

Action | War | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 September 1970 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Suicide Run  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$6,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$615,000, 31 December 1970

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,590,000, 31 December 1970
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video compilation) | (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although set during World War II, this is a deliberate allegory of the war that was raging in Vietnam at the time. See more »

Goofs

When Pvt. Jock Thornton is knifing a Japanese, we see him stab the soldier several times in the lower right side of his back. Later on we see same the soldier lying on the ground, but he is only bleeding from what looks like a single wound in the middle of his back. See more »

Quotes

Captain Hornsby: Good afternoon. Glad you'll be coming along.
Pvt. Tosh Hearne: [Glumly] That makes one of us.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rainbow Bridge (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Teddy Bear's Picnic
Written by John W. Bratton
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Sung by the patrol as it leaves the base
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Hate saved their skins, friendship made them heroes...
19 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

What do you know about psychological warfare? Not much I guess.

Well, this is a war movie with a major twist. It's much less about shelling the enemy or just drill some holes in him, but more about "really" to outsmart him.

An American officer, an Interpreter in Japanese, who's a real artist when it comes to avoid the battlefield, is about to get a long awaited leave when he suddenly is tasked to help a bunch of British raiders in their endeavor to capture and destroy a forward listening Japanese outpost.

Through thick and through thin (literally), men who hate each other as well as hating the American officer (played by Cliff Robertson) have to face a common enemy who masterfully hides in the Jungle.

One by one they get hunted down by the Japanese. Nevertheless, the mission succeeds, but now the remaining force has to return to base. Not an easy task, considering that the Japanese made prisoners and are using them as bait while they communicate with the only two remaining raiders (Robertson and Michael Caine). Through a microphone and various loudspeakers scattered throughout the Jungle and by performing a highly skillful and mind-shattering blackmail, they try to lure the two to surrender.

A well timed war drama, masterfully played by all the actors involved figuring Ian Bannen ("The Hill", "The Outrage" etc.), Harry Andrews ("The Hill", "The Charge of the Light Brigade", "Battle of Britain"), Denholm Elliot ("Raiders of the Lost Ark", "A Room with a View"), Ronald Fraser ("The Hill", "The Wild Geese") and Ken Takakura ("The Yakuza", "Antarctica", "Black Rain").

If you like two movies into one: a War Movie and a Suspense Thriller, then the price is really low.

The DVD edition is as one may expect from Anchor Bay. No extras included, except for the trailer, but the movie alone is, in my view, a tiny masterpiece and well worth the effort.

By the way, if you're looking for a similar movie, forget it. It's the only one in its genre. Think about it.


19 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 44 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page