Too Late the Hero

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Overview

Filmed on location in the Philippines Robert Aldrich's Too Late the Hero is set in the last months of World War II. Lackadaisical navy lieutenant Cliff Robertson, who happens to speak fluent Japanese, is ordered to go on a suicide mission to wipe out an enemy observation post. Robertson's equally unwilling partners in this venture are British captain Denholm Elliot and pugnacious cockney private Michael Caine. All three men prove to have unsuspected reserves of courage when the ...
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Overview

Filmed on location in the Philippines Robert Aldrich's Too Late the Hero is set in the last months of World War II. Lackadaisical navy lieutenant Cliff Robertson, who happens to speak fluent Japanese, is ordered to go on a suicide mission to wipe out an enemy observation post. Robertson's equally unwilling partners in this venture are British captain Denholm Elliot and pugnacious cockney private Michael Caine. All three men prove to have unsuspected reserves of courage when the going gets toughest.
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On the surface, Too Late The Hero seems like a conventional war movie: there's a motley gang of soldier heroes, an impossible mission and plenty of tense action. That said, director and co-writer Robert Aldrich handles the material in a way that ensures Too Late The Hero never comfortably fits into the tradition of wartime derring-do. The story takes great pains to show that the soldiers' mission is a pointless one and that there are good and bad soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Thankfully, Aldrich and company put across their cynical message in an exciting manner: the film is full of taut, suspenseful action setpieces and the run-for-cover finale is a genuine nail-biter. Too Late The Hero also benefits from excellent performances: Cliff Robertson and Michael Caine are charmingly anti-authoritarian as the film's pair of rebellious heroes while Denholm Elliott registers strongly as a leader who hangs on to formalities in the face of madness. Ken Takakura is equally worthy of note as the Japanese leader, bringing a sense of dignity and honor to the role that helps to humanize his position as the 'enemy.' In the end, Too Late The Hero manages to maintain its anti-war agenda while still delivering plenty of excitement and this makes it an interesting bridge between the traditional war films that preceded it and the critical-minded war films that would come out after the Vietnam War.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • UPC: 883904128373
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,696

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Pvt. Tosh Hearne
Cliff Robertson Lt. Lawson
Henry Fonda Capt. Nolan
Ian Bannen Pvt. Thornton
Harry Andrews Lt. Col. Thompson
Denholm Elliott Capt. Hornsby
Ronald Fraser Pvt. Campbell
Lance Percival Corporal McLean
Percy Herbert Sgt. Johnstone
Michael Parsons Pvt. Rafferty
Harvey Jason Scott
William Beckley Private Currie
Don Knight Private Connolly
Sean MacDuff Pvt. Rogers
Roger Newman Private Riddle
Ken Takakura Maj. Yamaguchi
Sam Kydd Sgt. -Major
Marlin Horsey Pvt. Griffiths
Patrick Jordan Sgt. Major
Frank Webb Ensign
Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Walter Blake Associate Producer
John Brown Set Decoration/Design
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Joseph Harrison Editor
Lukas Heller Screenwriter
Charles James Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Luciano Editor
Henry Millar Jr. Special Effects
Franklin E. Milton Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Sherman Original Story
Jack Stone Makeup
William Turner Makeup
James D. Vance Production Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a good action movie, but very Inaccurate!

    This movie is a good movie that shows the war through the eyes of a group of Scottish soldiers fighting on a small island in the South Pacific. When they are called to go on a suicide mission with an anti war American navy officer who speaks Japanese, they will try any thing not to go on this mission. All in all this was a ok movie but the soldiers should have bin Australian because they played a larger roll then the british in the South West Pacific Islands.

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