Too Late the Hero
Too Late the Hero (1970)

Cliff Robertson stars as an opportunistic, mildly cowardly US navy lieutenant who is reluctantly recruited for a suicide mission. When his CO is killed, Robertson is forced into a leadership position, ordering his men forward to destroy a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1970
DVD Release Date: May 29, 2001
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TIME Magazine

The most aggravating thing about Too Late the Hero is that Aldrich is a film maker of some accomplishment.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

Although committed to the notion that war is an inclusive system of betrayals, the film subverts that notion and settles instead for some fashionable ironies and remarkably conventional jungle warfare displays.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Memorable conclusion, exciting war adventure.

Variety Staff

An okay World War II melodrama, featuring Michael Caine and Cliff Robertson as antagonists who come to respect each other in the course of destroying a Jaanese radio transmitter.

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TV Guide

Finds veteran action director Aldrich resting on his laurels, delivering a rather bland retread of past success.

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Just another war movie, really, with only the lengthy roster of star names and claustrophobic island location to set it apart from its peers.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The action has its moments (with the patrol's paranoia fed by taunting messages from Japanese loudspeakers hidden in the jungle), and the bantering dialogue is often very funny.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A Dirty Dozen formula macho war drama about war as betrayal.

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