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They Were Expendable/Flying Leathernecks [DVD]

  • SKU: 8333056
  • Release Date: 01/31/2006
  • Rating: NR
  • 4.3 (3)
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
4.3
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Special Features

  • They Were Expandable -
  • Full-screen version
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: English & Français (Feature Only)
  • Flying Leathernecks -
  • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Only)
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Flying Leathernecks
The Technicolor adventure epic Flying Leathernecks offers two things that film cultists can never get enough of: star John Wayne and director Nicholas Ray. Filmed at the behest of RKO chieftain Howard R. Hughes, Leathernecks is a paean to the Marine Flying Corps of World War II. Wayne plays Major Dan Kirby, a squadron commander, whose no-nonsense attitude is sharply at odds with the easygoing approach of executive officer Captain Carl Griffin (Robert Ryan). Griffin eventually learns the value of discipline at all costs, while Kirby becomes more humanized as he gets to know his pilots. Jay C. Flippen steals the show as a supply sergeant who "borrows" from other companies to keep his men happy. Though not entirely cliché-free, Flying Leathernecks is one of the more solid war films of the 1950s, and one that has remained readily available in theaters, on TV and in video stores to the present day. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

They Were Expendable
John Brickley (Robert Montgomery) believes in PT boats, and as a lowly U.S. Navy lieutenant stationed in the Philippines, that makes him a radical thinker. "Your boats maneuver beautifully," an admiral (Charles Trowbridge) tells him, "but if I'm going into combat, I prefer something a little more substantial." The gently delivered but stinging dismissal stirs the resentment of Lt. "Rusty" Ryan (John Wayne), who tartly tells Brickley that he wants to be transferred to destroyers. The Pearl Harbor bombing makes transfer impossible, especially with the Japanese preparing to invade the islands. So Brickley and Ryan go to work, first as message carriers between the Philippines and Corregidor, then, finally, as ship hunters. They record some successes, but it's a doomed effort: The Americans are hopelessly outnumbered by the Japanese, and with almost all of the Pacific Fleet destroyed at Pearl Harbor, they know help won't arrive to save them. As the Japanese push the U.S. forces back, Brickley and Ryan and their crews hop from island to island, scrounging supplies and taking casualties but keeping up the fight. Just as it appears that they will be forced to fight on Corregidor against the Japanese, they get rescued; they're ordered home to promote their PT-boat successes, and they take the last plane out, hoping to return and avenge their defeats. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr., Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • John Wayne
    John Wayne - Maj. Dan Kirby
  • Robert Ryan
    Robert Ryan - Capt. Carl Griffin
  • Don Taylor
    Don Taylor - Cowboy Blithe
  • Janis Carter
    Janis Carter - Joan Kirby
  • Jay C. Flippen
    Jay C. Flippen - Master Sgt. Clancy

Overall Customer Rating

4.3 (3 Reviews)
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