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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.
One might have thought that one Dirty Dozen was enough for a filmmaking career.
Finds veteran action director Aldrich resting on his laurels, delivering a rather bland retread of past success.
A Dirty Dozen formula macho war drama about war as betrayal.
Memorable conclusion, exciting war adventure.
Too Late the Hero is updated to the extent that it tosses in some war-is-hell comments as well a few thoughts about the demoralizing effect it has on men. It's still old fashioned stuff none the less.
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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