Saturday, May 26, 2007

They Were Expendable (1945)

***
USA

John Ford and Robert Montgomery's sensitive tribute to an American boat squadron stationed in the Philippines in WWII has some sweet scenes of wartime camaraderie and emotional farewells. But the battle scenes drag on and become repetitive, as does the entire film. Well before the final 135th minute, you grow impatient for the characters to move beyond their wide-eyed wholesomeness already and hurry up and assume their preordained status of modest heroism.

dir: John Ford, Robert Montgomery
cast: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt, Ward Bond, Marshall Thompson, Paul Langton, Leon Ames, Arthur Walsh, Donald Curtis

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