Too Late the Hero (1970)

133 mins | Melodrama | 1970

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Producer:

Robert Aldrich

Cinematographer:

Joseph Biroc

Editor:

Michael Luciano

Production Designer:

James D. Vance

Production Companies:

Associates & Aldrich Co., Inc., Palomar Pictures International, Ltd., ABC Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in the Philippines. Blown up to 70mm for some roadshow ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in the Philippines. Blown up to 70mm for some roadshow presentations. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
1st & 2nd asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Lighting
Cam op
2nd unit photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Montage ed
Associate ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward supv
MUSIC
SOUND
Rec supv
Music ed
Sd eff
2d unit sd rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
2nd unit asst dir
Asst to the prod
Unit prod mgr
Prod supv
Philippine prod supv
Scr supv
Tech adv
Dial supv
Prop master
Casting
Constr coordinator
Main titles
DETAILS
Release Date:
1970
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 20 May 1970
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Metrocolor
Duration(in mins):
133
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During World War II Japanese forces hold a crucial observation outpost on a New Hebrides island which they use to radio orders for attacks on Allied ships. U. S. Navy Lieut. Sam Lawson, an officer noted for his proficiency in speaking Japanese, is ordered to accompany a group of British commandos on a mission to destroy the radio installation. Lawson sets out with the commandos' ineffectual leader, Captain Hornsby, and soon three of the British soldiers are killed in a Japanese ambush. Lawson and Pvt. Tosh Hearne, a cynical Cockney, become increasingly distrustful of Hornsby's ability, and upon reaching the Japanese camp, Lawson refuses to go into the radio hut. Hornsby destroys the hut himself but is killed while trying to escape; the remaining five commandos retreat through the jungle with the Japanese in close pursuit. Major Yamaguchi, the Japanese commander, offers clemency to the commandos if they will surrender. Private Campbell and two of the other soldiers do so, but Yamaguchi kills Campbell for mutilating the body of a Japanese soldier in order to steal a ring. Hearne and Lawson then ambush and kill Yamaguchi and continue their flight until they reach a clearing near the British lines. They make a break across the clearing, but only Hearne survives to report Lawson's ... +


During World War II Japanese forces hold a crucial observation outpost on a New Hebrides island which they use to radio orders for attacks on Allied ships. U. S. Navy Lieut. Sam Lawson, an officer noted for his proficiency in speaking Japanese, is ordered to accompany a group of British commandos on a mission to destroy the radio installation. Lawson sets out with the commandos' ineffectual leader, Captain Hornsby, and soon three of the British soldiers are killed in a Japanese ambush. Lawson and Pvt. Tosh Hearne, a cynical Cockney, become increasingly distrustful of Hornsby's ability, and upon reaching the Japanese camp, Lawson refuses to go into the radio hut. Hornsby destroys the hut himself but is killed while trying to escape; the remaining five commandos retreat through the jungle with the Japanese in close pursuit. Major Yamaguchi, the Japanese commander, offers clemency to the commandos if they will surrender. Private Campbell and two of the other soldiers do so, but Yamaguchi kills Campbell for mutilating the body of a Japanese soldier in order to steal a ring. Hearne and Lawson then ambush and kill Yamaguchi and continue their flight until they reach a clearing near the British lines. They make a break across the clearing, but only Hearne survives to report Lawson's heroism. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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