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They Were Expendable

They Were Expendable
Movie: They Were Expendable(1945)[tt0038160] In the wake of Pearl Harbor's surprise attack, World War II hero, Lt. John Brickley's experimental squadron of agile fast-attack Patrol Torpedo boats is sent to warm and humid Manila to avert a potentially imminent Japanese invasion. As he and his second-in-command, Lieutenant "Rusty" Ryan, desperately try to prove the newly-founded naval unit's worth, the enemy launches a devastating all-out attack--and despite the PT boat flotilla's undeniable success--the considerably outnumbered and outgunned American soldiers are fighting a losing battle. Little by little, the Philippine campaign is doomed to cave in, as comrades-in-arms perish in the sea. Is there glory in defeat? Written byNick Riganas
Title They Were Expendable
Release Date 31 December 1945 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Drama, War
Production Companies Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Robert Montgomery
Robert Montgomery...
Lt. John Brickley ...
John Wayne
John Wayne...
Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan...
Donna Reed
Donna Reed...
Lt. Sandy Davyss...
Jack Holt
Jack Holt...
General Martin...
Ward Bond
Ward Bond...
'Boats' Mulcahey C.B.M....
Marshall Thompson
Marshall Thompson...
Ens. 'Snake' Gardner...
Paul Langton
Paul Langton...
Ens. 'Andy' Andrews...
Leon Ames
Leon Ames...
Major James Morton...
Donald Curtis
Donald Curtis...
Lt. (J.G.) 'Shorty' Long ...
Cameron Mitchell
Cameron Mitchell...
Ens. George Cross...
Jeff York
Jeff York...
Ens. Tony Aiken...
Murray Alper
Murray Alper...
'Slug' Mahan T.M. 1c...
Harry Tenbrook
Harry Tenbrook...
'Squarehead' Larsen SC 2c...
Jack Pennick
Jack Pennick...
'Doc'...

Reviews

nick_elliston on 14 July 2005
Very few, if any, WW2 films are better than this. I first saw it several years ago on a wet miserable Saturday afternoon in winter and subsequently taped it at the next showing. I have seen it several times since then.Despite not living through this difficult time I can imagine it capturing how the US forces felt in the early days of the Pacific war. As the film states, these are the men who laid down the initial sacrifice that others built on. They were no doubt aware of this, and that escape before the Japanese arrived was their only real chance of survival.John Ford created a basically solemn film in keeping with the times. Action is pretty minimal but this does not detract from the film at all. Solid performances from all the caste and one of John Wayne's best performances. Some of the action sequences could have been better (but it was made over 50 years ago), a bit too much of men jumping on and off MTB's, and the dinner scene between Wayne and Donna Reed did nothing for me. A downbeat ending with some crew going off to help plan for later battles and others marching off to almost certain death, but it is in keeping with what the US forces faced at the time.Recent good WW2 films such as Saving Private Ryan and Thin Red Line show what can be achieved now with a big budget and huge technical advances, but it doesn't make them any better than this film.I only hope it comes out in DVD in the UK. 9 out of 10.

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