They Were Expendable
They Were Expendable (1945)

Based on a true World War II story, They Were Expendable follows two American PT boats fighting a battle against a fleet of Japanese ships in the Philippines. They Were Expendable is also shown in a computer-colorized version.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 20, 1945
DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The film moves along curiously and cautiously, prideful of the crews of the PT boats but also aware that each victory was achieved at a great cost and that sacrifices would have to continue to be made as the war trudged along.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Surprisingly rich film is one of the best war films ever made.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The real star of the film is the gorgeous, luminous, mostly outdoor black-and-white cinematography.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Really not that exciting.
Barry Lappin
Another Wayne classis if you like that sort of stuff.....and I do.
Lanning : )
I never get tired of Robert Montgomery -- or of his daughter, Elizabeth Mongomery of TV's <i>Bewitched</i>, for that matter. An extremely fine… More
cody franklin
Entertaining film about PT boats and how they were used in the first months of WWII. John Ford made this film during the last days of the war and he added every… More