Back to Bataan (1945)
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as Col. Joe Madden
as Capt. Andres Bonifacio
as Bertha Barnes
as Dalisay Delgado
as Maj. Hasko
as Col. Kuroki
as Sgt. Bierness
as Sgt. Biernesa
as Lt. Cmdr. Waite
as Gen. Homma
as Spindle Jackson
as Japanese Captain/Japanese Diplomat
as Buenaventura J. Bello
as Japanese Announcer
as Gen. Jonathan M. `Skinny' Wainwright
as Maj. McKinely
as Lt. Col. Roberts
as Prince Ito
Critic Reviews for Back to Bataan
Wayne's paternal attitude (a father is reflected in his relationship with a boy from the Philippines, which some critics see as a testament to the American imperialistic and patronizing approach to weaker nations.
Action packed, jingoistic Wayne at war vehicle.
Audience Reviews for Back to Bataan
Released in the waning days of WW2 and clearly aimed at home front morale, the film feels tired despite good performances from the cast and epecially Anthony Quinn who almost steals the show from John Wayne. The film briefly addresses the Fillipino plight against Spanish, American and Japanese Imperialism regarding the Philipines and I suppose looking at the film from 70+ years later the moral of the story is "It's better to deal with the devil you know then the one you don't."
Pretty cool action-war flick although there is amount cheapness, religion, and patriotism. However, that doesn't shake Back to Bataan in a negative way because we learn a little bit of what actually happened like the Death March and the liberation of prisoners of war at Cabanatuan through raid. In the film, Japanese forces have invaded the Philipines and are predicted to take over, so John Wayne gathers Filipino guerrillas and uncaptured Americans to battle the Japanese forces.
Happened to rent this on the 4th of July, and it turned out to be an apt choice as this is a very patriotic movie. I especially liked the scenes with John Wayne's character and little Maximo. I highly recommend this if you like old war movies.
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