Back to Bataan (1945)





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Edward Dmytryk's Back to Bataan stars John Wayne as Colonel Joe Madden. After General MacArthur decides to follow his order and leave the Philippines, Madden agrees to stay behind and organize an underground resistance movement. Anthony Quinn plays Andres Bonifacio, a captain who falls in love with a local woman (Fely Franquelli) who helps the army keep their rag-tag forces as organized as possible. Bonifacio must also deal with the pressure of being the grandson of a beloved Filipino leader.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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John Wayne
as Col. Joe Madden
Anthony Quinn
as Capt. Andres Bonifacio
Beulah Bondi
as Bertha Barnes
Fely Franquelli
as Dalisay Delgado
Richard Loo
as Maj. Hasko
Philip Ahn
as Col. Kuroki
Alex Havier
as Sgt. Bierness
J. Alex Havier
as Sgt. Biernesa
'Ducky' Louie
as Maximo
Lawrence Tierney
as Lt. Cmdr. Waite
Leonard Strong
as Gen. Homma
Paul Fix
as Spindle Jackson
Abner Biberman
as Japanese Captain/Japanese Diplomat
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Buenaventura J. Bello
Benson Fong
as Japanese Announcer
John Miljan
as Gen. Jonathan M. `Skinny' Wainwright
Kenneth MacDonald
as Maj. McKinely
Ray Teal
as Lt. Col. Roberts
Harold Fong
as Prince Ito
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Critic Reviews for Back to Bataan

All Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007

Weary wartime propaganda film with too much flag-waving.

Full Review… | August 10, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Action packed, jingoistic Wayne at war vehicle.

October 25, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

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."

Bobby Diablo
Bobby Diablo

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.

Jose Montoya
Jose Montoya

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.

Mara Barker
Mara Barker

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