Too Late the Hero (1970)
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Filmed on location in the Philippines Robert Aldrich's Too Late the Hero is set in the last months of World War II. Lackadaisical navy lieutenant Cliff Robertson, who happens to speak fluent Japanese, is ordered to go on a suicide mission to wipe out an enemy observation post. Robertson's equally unwilling partners in this venture are British captain Denholm Elliot and pugnacious cockney private Michael Caine. All three men prove to have unsuspected reserves of courage when the going gets
Jan 1, 1970 Wide
May 29, 2001
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The most aggravating thing about Too Late the Hero is that Aldrich is a film maker of some accomplishment.
An okay World War II melodrama, featuring Michael Caine and Cliff Robertson as antagonists who come to respect each other in the course of destroying a Jaanese radio transmitter.
The action has its moments (with the patrol's paranoia fed by taunting messages from Japanese loudspeakers hidden in the jungle), and the bantering dialogue is often very funny.
Although committed to the notion that war is an inclusive system of betrayals, the film subverts that notion and settles instead for some fashionable ironies and remarkably conventional jungle warfare displays.
Finds veteran action director Aldrich resting on his laurels, delivering a rather bland retread of past success.
Just another war movie, really, with only the lengthy roster of star names and claustrophobic island location to set it apart from its peers.
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