Back Door to Hell 1964

Back Door to Hell

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During World War II, three U.S. soldiers are ordered to sneak onto a Filipino island, meet with local guerrillas and gauge the strength of occupying Japanese troops. Lt. Craig (Jimmie Rodgers) hopes to avoid pulling his trigger at all costs, Jersey (John Hackett) is a hardened veteran and young Burnett (Jack Nicholson) has the all-important task of manning the radio and reporting the group's findings. But, when the Japanese find the men, a shootout ensues, with an entire village at stake.

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  • Aug 03, 2014
    In "Back Door to Hell," Craig(Jimmie Rodgers), Burnett(Jack Nicholson) and Jersey(John Hackett) are on a secret mission to Japanese occupied Philippines during World War II. They are assigned to scout out a possible invasion zone and to meet up with Miguel. Except they meet up with Paco(Conrad Maga) instead who tells them Miguel is dead and by his hand. Oh and the Japanese know the Americans are there and have taken the village's children hostage. With some uneven acting, "Back Door to Hell" might also be a little rough around the edges at times due to its very low budget. But it's still suspenseful in spots with a neat use of locations. Much more importantly is that it allows for a Filipino point of view, implying 50 years of difficult relations between the United States and the Philippines.(In point of fact, Paco is by far the most interesting character here.) In general, we get some early and valuable insight into guerilla warfare, along with a required reading list for guerilla leaders.
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