Too Late the Hero (1970)
as Pvt. Tosh Hearne
as Lt. Lawson
as Capt. Nolan
as Pvt. Thornton
as Lt. Col. Thompson
as Capt. Hornsby
as Pvt. Campbell
as Cpl. McLean
as Sgt. Johnstone
as Maj. Yamaguchi
as Sergeant Major
as Color Sergeant
as Pvt. Currie
as Pvt. Griffiths
as Signalman Scott
as Pvt. Connolly
as Pvt. Riddle
as Pvt. Rafferty
as Pvt. Rogers
as Pvt. Griffiths
Critic Reviews for Too Late the Hero
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.
Finds veteran action director Aldrich resting on his laurels, delivering a rather bland retread of past success.
Audience Reviews for Too Late the Hero
An interesting film about a cowardly American translator sent on a mission with a group of British soldiers to destroy a Japanese radio post. Essentially, the question is how far the lead character will go in his refusal to care about anything but his own safety. As such it is an interesting character study full of betrayals or expected troubles. Not your typical war film.
Fine performances from Caine and Robertson, well drawn characters, and moments of tough and brutal violence make this film a tense and gritty war film. The film is marred by some stereotyping of the Japanese soldiers and the plot does have its dry spells but it is a solid entry into the "commando" sub-genre.
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