They Were Expendable [Blu-ray] [1945]

  • SKU: 31572272
  • Release Date: 06/07/2016
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

Synopsis


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


  • Robert Montgomery
    Robert Montgomery - Lt. John Brickley
  • John Wayne
    John Wayne - Lt. J.G. "Rusty" Ryan
  • Donna Reed
    Donna Reed - Lt. Sandy Davys
  • Cameron Mitchell
    Cameron Mitchell - Ens. George Cross
  • Ward Bond
    Ward Bond - Boats Mulcahey



Customer rating

4.6
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie for a lot of reasons

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    cjahn50
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    This is a great flick for a number of reasons. First it sheds some light on the PT Boats and what their crews went through in the Pacific. Forget that not all of the 'action' actually happened historically. Secondly, and for me most importantly, all the actors (and the director) with the exception of John Wayne, were veterans. And some were combat veterans. If you interested at all in the War in the Pacific, pick this up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    JOHN WAYNE IN THE NAVY.

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    BONEMAN1241
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    HOW ACCURATE THIS WAS IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS THE STORY OF THE MEN THAT WERE LEFT BEHIND AND THAT IS ACCURATE. ALOT OF GOOD MEN DIED IN THAT CAMPAIGN.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good John Wayne WWII

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    boomersoonertx
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    There are better John Wayne WWII movies but this is still a good one. Decent transfer for teh blu ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    JOHN WAYNE AND WW2 WHAT ELSE!

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    NEDSPOINT
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    INTERESTING STORYLINE, NOT TYPICAL WAR MOVIE. WILL WATCH IT AGAIN

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really a Good Movie

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    Carol
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    Nice movie to add to my husband's John Wayne collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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