They Were Expendable
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The real star of the film is the gorgeous, luminous, mostly outdoor black-and-white cinematography."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The most unfortunate thing about John Ford's excellent, elegiac war film, with a strong turn from John Wayne, was its release date, December 1945, since the war was over."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Surprisingly rich film is one of the best war films ever made."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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