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September 30, 2012
The account of a group of American guerrilla fighters in the Philippines, waiting for MacArthur to reach the country that has been taken over by the Japanese. Left alone in enemy territory, the only signals they are sent is in messages printed on the back of cigarette boxes and received through homemade transmitter. The film is quite dull and outdated. As a matter of fact, overall it seems as inventive as its title. There is never a real feeling of tension, because an awkwardly placed love affair sucks a lot of life from it. In the end, this doesnâ(TM)t stand out from many other films of the kind, and it remains a somewhat anonymous Fritz Lang film.
½ November 16, 2011
A classic example of a director's style being trampled all over by the Hollywood machine - this more than pales in comparison to Lang's earlier expressionistic work and contains none of his signature genius.
½ November 5, 2010
This is the tale of how good no matter few in number or outsourced and through sheer determination will prevail against evil. There are many examples of courage in this film that manifests itself in a number of different characters and ways, whether it be the Filipino planter who chose to be beaten to death rather than succumb to Japanese interrogation or the Americans who stood and fought for a country they had no involvement in.
The movie epitomizes the nature of the diminutive forces of the Filipino resistance against the might of Japan.
Although not as esteemed as other war films of its era, it is no less than indispensable for any war film fanatic.
August 18, 2009
Guerrilla action on Leyte during WW2
May 28, 2008
In this I saw a different side to the swashbuckling Tyrone Power I was used to. Still very much a hero, but in a US Naval officer sort of way. A good flim with varied content and positive tempo. The Japanese enemy seemed a bit watered-down, however, and were the weakest point of a fairly noble exercise.
May 8, 2008
Enjoyable World War II story, although there is precious little in the way of fighting. Actually shot in the Philippines, it is refreshing to see a film with a different perspective and Tyrone Power delivers as the pioneering Ensign Palmer. Little known little seen but worth seeking out.
½ April 30, 2008
All great directors struggle at some point, this is a weak one from Fritz Lang, who has a rather one dimensional war story on his hands, at least they shot it in the Philipines and not just on the stage.
April 25, 2008
Not a bad war film from a man who specialized in crime stories.
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