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Back to Bataan

John Wayne , Anthony Quinn , Edward Dmytryk    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three WW2's and a Vietnam entry! Nov. 26 2013
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
TCM's "War Collection" has three solid WW2 movies in it and a Vietnam entry by the Duke.The WW2's show their patriotic zeal in every frame,which is typical of that era,but all are good watchable films.The Green Berets,was John Wayne's thumbing of the nose to the anti-war hippie crowd of the 60s.He had a lot of guts for doing it and I,like many including the Vietnam vets,admired him for it.
Most films have few if any extras with them and all four are presented on two dreaded double sided discs.It is my least favoured way of releasing movies,as if you didn't know by now.
The first is Bataan(released June/43).It stars,among others,Robert Taylor,George Murphy,Thomas Mitchell and Lloyd Nolan.This one finds the guys defending a lone bridge to stop the Japanese wave streaming down the Bataan peninsula.They consistently blast the bridge,as their foes continually try to rebuild it.It becomes a tension filled game of attrition with the film ending as Taylor is taking on the enemy by himself.Watch for a small part played by Desi Arnaz.
The next is Back to Bataan(released May/45),starring,among others,John Wayne and Anthony Quinn.The Duke leads a rag tag group of Filipino scouts to harass the Japanese.Quinn is the grandson of a Filipino national hero and is at first reluctant to carry his grandfathers torch,but by the end he is in the fight all the way.This film wasn't quite as good as Bataan,but it features quite a few actual Bataan Death March survivors liberated from a prion camp in Mindanao by American Forces.It also briefly shows an encounter with the march itself,and the Duke and his mens inability to be able to do anything about it.
Destination Tokyo(released Dec/43)stars,among others,Cary Grant,John Garfield and Alan Hale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my husband and he liked. Jan. 5 2014
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Double sided dvds, old movies so picture quality not as good as newer movies.
The green berets was the best, followed by Bataan.
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If classic war is your thing then this is another one you must add. The Duck and other stars really make this worth having. I'm glad I got it and I think you will too.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A classic war movie June 16 2005
It is certainly not the greatest movie but it shows you a kind of movies that has been shot in the 40's and the 50's. The good one's and the bad ones. it is in black and white.
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4.0 out of 5 stars may we never forget Bataan May 31 2004
By Alejandra Vernon - Published on Amazon.com
Some of the most horrific events of WWII occurred in the Pacific Theater, and this film touches on what happened in Bataan, where tens of thousands of U.S. and Philippine soldiers died in captivity, either on the infamous Death March, the appalling POW camps, or the hell-ships.
At the beginning and ending, this film briefly shows some of the survivors, though it is "sanitized", and the men have some flesh back on their bones.
John Wayne is terrific as Colonel Madden, who organizes the resistance fighters, and does his own stunts, some of which must have left him muddy and bruised.
Anthony Quinn is also excellent as Captain Bonifacio, the leader of the Filipino guerillas. Both Wayne and Quinn are at their most handsome and heroic, and make a fine cinematic pairing.
Though the script is sometimes stilted, it is based on actual events and people, and was written as history was happening, taken from the daily newspapers to the screen.
Edward Dmytryk's direction is well paced, and Max Steiner's "stock music" was used, along with an original score by Roy Webb.
Much in this film can be said to be "propaganda", as it is "good vs. evil", with no subtleties or gray areas, but these were the days when Hollywood and patriotism were compatible, a sentiment that filmmakers seem to have lost, and a time that seems long gone.
May we never forget the souls who bravely fought for freedom and suffered so much in Bataan.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Green Berets finally fixed Jan. 30 2010
By mdnitoil - Published on Amazon.com
For those who are curious, The Green Berets has finally gotten a facelift. The two previous releases were non-anamorphic flippers, which is to say that you had to turn the disc over halfway through the movie to see the end. Thankfully, with this release Warners has fixed the old configuration and issued The Green Berets in anamorphic widescreen on one dual-layered side of a disc. So, no more flipping to finish the movie and anamorphic to boot! The remaining movies are identical to their previous releases, including the same extras.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a little patriotism involved May 27 2003
By T O'Brien - Published on Amazon.com
Back to Bataan is a flag-waving patriotic movie that was filmed and released as WWII was drawing to a close. The story is about the Filipino people and their fight for freedom from their Japanese oppressors. This is very obvious patriotism with the Japanese portrayed as cowardly murderers and the Americans as noble freedom fighters. John Wayne stars as Colonel Joe Madden, the man selected to help organize the Filipino guerilla movement. His small company wreaks havoc on the Japanese forces in the Phillipines as the war progresses. The young Duke is very good in his role as Madden with Anthony Quinn also excellent as Captain Andres Bonifacio. Also starring are Beulah Bondi, Lawrence Tierney, Vladimir Sokoloff, and Paul Fix. This is a very good movie that shows a part of the war many people do not know about. Check this one out to see an exciting, well-told, adventure story. Classic Duke!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid wartime movie that aims small and misses small. Aug. 3 2001
By Andrew R. Oerman - Published on Amazon.com
B2B was an okay war picture, with action bookending a smaller-scale, human story of loss and pride and redemption.
After a couple of brief but quite cool battle sequences, the movie settles in to its main plot of John Wayne training Philippinos in the art of guerilla warfare against their conquerors, so that the forces of Truth, Justice and the American Way may get `Back to Bataan.' His second-in-command, Anthony Quinn, struggles to come to grips with his heritage of leadership. And Quinn's on-again-off-again love, also the mouthpiece of the Japanese, must decide where her true loyalties lie.
There are moving segments throughout the film, but overall it seemed a tad too limited, too mechanical, often shot on claustrophobic studio sets. The movie closes with the flag-waving return of our boys, comprised largely of stock footage. Some of it is not bad stuff, but it was a slight disappointment.
The film was very good in showing the brutality of the Japanese soldiers toward those they conquered at that time, and the brainwashing that ensued. A schoolyard hanging of the principal when he won't raise the flag of the rising sun is particularly thought-provoking. As are another character's dying words, regretful that he never learned enough about `liberty,' meaning in the grammatical sense; the reply as he breathes his last is: "Who ever learned it so well?"
And The Duke is obviously his same charismatic self, as in Flying Leathernecks or Sands of Iwo Jima or They Were Expendable. Or any other Duke movie, for that matter. Yet I found myself wanting... more. I don't really pop in a rah-rah wartime actioner for long sections of mostly dialogue.
Wake Island was a movie that I thought held similarly high potential and just did not go far enough. B2B reminded me somewhat of that one.
For more, better action in WW2, try plain old `Bataan' instead.
P.S. The final line is classic Duke.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A John Wayne Classic July 22 2004
By Matthew Thibeault - Published on Amazon.com
This is the kind of classic John Wayne movie that you think of when you think of the Duke and WWII. I have just about every JW DVD made after Stagecoach that is available and have been waiting for this to come out for some time. The story begins around the fall of Bataan and Corrigador in 1942 and ends with the American return to Letye in 1944. In between the Duke organizes restistance to the Japanese occupation. Wayne's acting is excellent and so is that of Anthony Quinn. The story and soundtrack are very good and the action is pretty intense for its time. If you like Wayne and haven't seen this movie, buy it now. I would put it up with Sands of Iwo Jima, Operation Pacific, They Were Expendable and In Harms Way as one of my favorite JW WWII movies.
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