They Were Expendable (1945)
Based on a true World War II story, They Were Expendable follows two American PT boats fighting a battle against a fleet of Japanese ships in the Philippines. They Were Expendable is also shown in a computer-colorized version.
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Critic Reviews for They Were Expendable
The real star of the film is the gorgeous, luminous, mostly outdoor black-and-white cinematography.
The most unfortunate thing about John Ford's excellent, elegiac war film, with a strong turn from John Wayne, was its release date, December 1945, since the war was over.
Audience Reviews for They Were Expendable
I never get tired of Robert Montgomery -- or of his daughter, Elizabeth Mongomery of TV's Bewitched, for that matter. An extremely fine actor, no matter how schmaltzy or schlokey the story, from an era I can only experience through film. Mahalo to Ted Turner for helping us all to see so many classics that past generations jammed theaters to see. This is one of the few -- very few -- John Wayne films I can manage to get caught up in. He's less him here.More
Entertaining film about PT boats and how they were used in the first months of WWII. John Ford made this film during the last days of the war and he added every detail of realism he could. The action scenes are great and really intense. There is hardly any rear projection and shot with real backgrounds, explosions, and alot of intensity. For some reason most of the night scenes are shot real dark. The night raids are shot day for night, but the scenes between actors is just plain dark. It works, but it is still strange. It's also strange that John Wayne is second banana in this film, but he excels in the role. There is a small romance between Wayne and the beautiful Donna Reed that works really well and doesn't get in the way of the story.More
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