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They Were Expendable/Flying Leathernecks (DVD)

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    Two classic World War II films combine on this 2-Pack. THEY WERE EXPENDABLE: John Ford's poetic adaptation of William White's book about a PT boat squadron in the South Pacific during World War II may be the best feature film on the war in that theat......more

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Two classic World War II films combine on this 2-Pack. THEY WERE EXPENDABLE: John Ford's poetic adaptation of William White's book about a PT boat squadron in the South Pacific during World War II may be the best feature film on the war in that theater and is considered by some scholars, including British director Lindsay Anderson, as Ford's greatest work. Just before the outbreak of the war, Lt. John Brickley (Robert Montgomery) is assigned to take his Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron to Manila Bay to defend against a possible Japanese attack in the Philippines. Once there, he finds that the top brass, amused by the idea that the small crafts can be of use in combat, relegates the PT boat to messenger duty. Angered by that reaction, Brickley and his crew must wait for the war to begin to show what they can do. When it does, they shoot down three Japanese planes during an attack on their base, but when the base is closed Brick's squadron is reassigned to Bataan, where they once again are ordered to run messages, and Brickley's fiery executive officer, Lt. Rusty Ryan (John Wayne), fed up with such meaningless duty, asks to be transferred to a destroyer. The embodiment of Milton's tag that "they also serve who stand and wait," Ford's elegiac film pays tribute to all who donned a uniform during the war, whatever their role. Montgomery, who shared in the film's direction, gives the best noncomic performance of his career as the evenhanded CO. But in a visually arresting film that could provide a formidable emotional impact even without the use of sound, it's the eloquent compositions of director of photography Joseph H. August that resonate most powerfully. FLYING LEATHERNECKS: Action-packed war film utilizing actual battle footage to create a tense drama. Two US Marine fighter pilots try to fight their own personal battles, while still banding together to fight the war. Wayne delivers a standard performance as the flying officer whose determination is hated by his men...

Actor(s): John Wayne, Robert Montgomery
Director(s): John Ford, Nicholas Ray
Studio: Warner Brothers/Eurpac
Format: DVD DBFE
Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: Unrated
UPC: 012569802452
Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.5 in
Weight: 0.25 lbs
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  • They Were Expendable

    Acting was o.k. The Story was excellent, telling of the sacrifice our men and women made early in WW2. As the Philippine islands were overrun our men and women fought bravely but hopelessly. Many were left behind to an unknown fate, but you can tell on their faces, they suspected the suffered and death they would receive at the hands of the Japanese occupiers. This is an important film view, if for no other reason, than to remind us of the cost of freedom.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Flying Leathernecks and They Were Expendable

    Two more classic John Wayne World War 2 movies...The Duke as a flying Marine and a PT boat officer.. How often can you get tired of seeing the Duke save the day in so many ways?? In my case...NEVER!! Another set of "must haves" for your World War 2 collection!!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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