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|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics|
|Directed By:||Tay Garnett, Barry Nelson, Desi Arnaz, George Murphy, Irving Starr, Kenneth Spencer, Lloyd Nolan, Robert Walker, Thomas Mitchell, Tom Dugan|
|Written By:||Robert D. Andrews|
|In Theaters:||Jun 3, 1943 Wide|
|On DVD:||May 16, 2000|
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as Sgt. Bill Dane
as Lt. Steve Bentley
as Cpl. Jake Feingold
as Cpl. Barney Todd
as Capt. Henry Lassiter
as Leonard Purckett
as Felix Ramirez
as F.X. Matowski
as Matthew Hardy
as Cpl. Juan Katigbak
as Wesley Epps
as Yankee Salazar
as Yankee Salazar
as Sam Malloy
as Infantry Officer
as Wounded Soldier
as Machine Gunner
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Critic Reviews for Bataan
Since it was basically a tale of defeat, the nervous producers emphasized heroism, but later, under criticism of fabricating the facts with mechanically packed incidents, MGM was forced to acknowledge "some melodramatic flaws and technical mistakes."
An exciting flagwaving big box office Alamo-esque suicide mission World War II film.
MGM and the War Department teamed for this flag waving combat drama that influenced a number of future war movies.
Audience Reviews for Bataan
better than expected despite the abundance of fog machines on set. also better than /back to bataan/ with john wayne and anthony quinn, which has the advantages of their star presence in addition to a larger budget and more realistic environments. with its relative simplicity and limited setting, it manages to cram a lot in in terms of interpersonal nuances and character development.
A moving WWII drama based on a series of actual events in the South Pacific in 1942. Good ensemble cast. Robert Taylor is a stand-out. This homage recalls the heroic self-sacrifice of American-Philippine troops in a last ditch effort to stave off the onslaught of advancing Japanese forces in conquest of the island nation, thus allowing for the bulk of General MacArthur's army to fall back and evacuate to a safer position until conditions were more auspicious for their ultimate return and victory many months later. Japan had initially attacked the Philippines on May 8, 1941, one day after their infamous bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Battle for Bataan took place on this SW Luzon peninsula from April to May 7, 1942, at which time Japanese troops took complete control of the general area for an extended period of time. This particular story as portrayed in the movie isn't perfect and is in fact a fictionalized account. However it does present the grim realities of a very dire situation to the viewer as it existed for Allied forces assigned to the difficult mission in 1942 on Bataan. In truth they endured many hardships that complicated their very best efforts to succeed and many perished--but they did succeed in their mission, and General MacArthur did indeed return to fight another day. Special effects are representative of 1943 film making.
A real gung ho World War II propaganda film. I can be a bit much at times, but considering the year it was made it's understandable. It's a fine film, good cast.
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