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During World War II, a small platoon of U.S. soldiers overcome deadly odds in order to blow-up a Japanese-held bridge in the Philippines. Gritty war drama is based on a heroic true story and stars Golden Globe- winner Robert Taylor ("Ivanhoe"), Oscar-honoree George Murphy ("Battleground"), Oscar-winner Thomas Mitchell ("Stagecoach") and Desi Arnaz ("I Love Lucy"). Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 best American films of all time.
One of the Great War Films
With the unenviable task of introducing a formerly isolationist American public to the nature of the violence that their fighting men would have to face, "Bataan" was unapologetically without any kind of over-the-top patriotic theme. It is a stark, violent and depressing saga of a small patrol left to a rear-guard action somewhere along the Bataan peninsula on the island of Luzon and a grim reminder of our nation's unpreparedness in those dark, early days of our involvement of World War Two. It is novel in the director's use of silence as a cinematic effect and rare in it's depiction of stark reality based upon reported facts from the war in the Pacific up to that date.
Excellent WWII film that realistically depicts what American servicemen dealt with in the Philippines. The acting is first rate, the cast including two of my favorite actors of the past: Robert Taylor and Thomas Mitchell. Robert Walker and Lloyd Nolan are great in this film. I really enjoyed this one! 🇺🇸
There's a lot of fighting, but the acting is a little cheesy. One dude gets shot out of a tree, as he falls offscreen there is this ridiculously long scream like he fell for twenty miles.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1943
- © 1943 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.