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Approved | | Drama, War | 31 May 1945 (USA)
In 1942, after the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese, U.S. Army Col. Joseph Madden stays behind to organize the local resistance against the Japanese invaders.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Ben Barzman (screenplay), Richard H. Landau (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Col. Joseph Madden
Anthony Quinn ... Capt. Andrés Bonifácio
Beulah Bondi ... Bertha Barnes
Fely Franquelli ... Dalisay Delgado
Richard Loo ... Maj. Hasko
Philip Ahn ... Col. Coroki
Alex Havier Alex Havier ... Sgt. Bernessa (as J. Alex Havier)
'Ducky' Louie 'Ducky' Louie ... Maximo Cuenca
Lawrence Tierney ... Lt. Cmdr. Waite
Leonard Strong ... Gen. Homma
Paul Fix ... Bindle Jackson
Abner Biberman ... Japanese Captain
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Señor Buenaventura J. Bello
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The US Army's defense of its Philippines colony and the allied Malay countries/colonies behind it counted on its island fortress of Corregidor on Luzon -and a few others- but loses it in the 6 May 1942 Japanese combined forces attack. Colonel Joseph Madden is among the escaping survivors who are ordered by general Douglas McArthur to organize a guerrilla. As he finds many native Filipinos inclined to resist the occupier's vision of returning to the South Asian fold under a paternalistic empire which doesn't hesitate to 'spank the unruly', but is mainly civilian, unprepared, inept in military matters, Madden appeals to the legendary anti-US freedom fighter Andres Bonifácio's homonymous grandson Captain Andrés Bonifácio, who is luckily rescued from a POW dead march, to inspire the resistance -once his own fighting spirit is rekindled- with him in a still very unsure war, retaliated by bloody, ten to one repression. When the Japanese realize the people side against them, they stage fake ... Written by KGF Vissers

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SEE! Battle of Bataan! March of Death! Guerilla Raids! Fierce bolo fighters in action! (original poster) See more »

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Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in the photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, when the POW camp is liberated, a soldier throws a grenade against a portion of the fence. It explodes, but it is the adjacent section that ends up being breached. See more »

Quotes

Maximo Cuenca: [a poor student dying in his teacher's arms after heroic action] Miss Barnes, I'm sorry I never learned how to spell "liberty".
[dies]
Bertha Barnes: [tearfully] No one ever learned it so well.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: This story was not invented. The events you are about to see are based on actual incidents. The characters are based on real people. JANUARY 30, 1945 THE JAPANESE PRISON CAMP AT CABANATUAN See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Version of Bataan (1943) See more »

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9 June 2018 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

This was, of course, a sequel to "Bataan:, a much better action war picture than "Back To Bataan", which comes perilously close to 'pot boiler' status. Lots of dialogue and extended treks through dense jungle, but then saved by two very good fire fights. Sequels never are as good as the original, and that's true here - even with John Wayne in charge.

This picture contains one of the most far-fetched sequences ever recorded on film, as Anthony Quinn gets permission to leave the tense Philippine jungle fighting to visit his girlfriend in Manila! I almost lowered my rating by a couple of stars, but John Wayne gave the order - who's going to argue with the Duke?

6/10 - The IMDb website no longer prints my star rating.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Invisible Army See more »

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Gross USA:

$2,490,000
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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