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Back to Bataan

5.7
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Original title
Back to Bataan
Year
Running time
95 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Ben Barzman, Richard H. Landau. (Original Story: Aeneas Mac Kenzie, William Gordon)
Music
Roy Webb
Cinematography
Nicholas Musuraca (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
RKO Radio Pictures
Genre
War. Drama | II World War
Synopsis / Plot
The US Army's defense of its Philippines colony and the allied Malay countries/colonies behind it counted on its island fortress of Corregidor on Luzon -and a few others- but loses it in the 6 May 1942 Japanese combined forces attack. Colonel Joseph Madden is among the escaping survivors who are ordered by general Douglas McArthur to organize a guerrilla. As he finds many native Filipinos inclined to resist the occupier's vision of returning to the South Asian fold under a paternalistic empire which doesn't hesitate to 'spank the unruly', but is mainly civilian, unprepared, inept in military matters, Madden appeals to the legendary anti-US freedom fighter Andres Bonifácio's homonymous grandson Captain Andrés Bonifácio, who is luckily rescued from a POW dead march, to inspire the resistance -once his own fighting spirit is rekindled- with him in a still very unsure war, retaliated by bloody, ten to one repression. When the Japanese realize the people side against them, they stage fake independence under imperial prince Ito, but are betrayed. While the tide of war turns against Japan all around the Pacific, the bitter fight intensifies further...
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