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Back to Bataan (1945)




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Edward Dmytryk's Back to Bataan stars John Wayne as Colonel Joe Madden. After General MacArthur decides to follow his order and leave the Philippines, Madden agrees to stay behind and organize an underground resistance movement. Anthony Quinn plays Andres Bonifacio, a captain who falls in love with a local woman (Fely Franquelli) who helps the army keep their rag-tag forces as organized as possible. Bonifacio must also deal with the pressure of being the grandson of a beloved Filipino leader.

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John Wayne
as Col. Joe Madden
Anthony Quinn
as Capt. Andres Bonifacio
Beulah Bondi
as Bertha Barnes
Fely Franquelli
as Dalisay Delgado
Richard Loo
as Maj. Hasko
Philip Ahn
as Col. Kuroki
Alex Havier
as Sgt. Bierness
J. Alex Havier
as Sgt. Biernesa
Lawrence Tierney
as Lt. Cmdr. Waite
Leonard Strong
as Gen. Homma
Paul Fix
as Spindle Jackson
Abner Biberman
as Japanese Captain/Japanese Diplomat
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Buenaventura J. Bello
Benson Fong
as Japanese Announcer
John Miljan
as Gen. Jonathan M. `Skinny' Wainwright
Kenneth MacDonald
as Maj. McKinely
Ray Teal
as Lt. Col. Roberts
Harold Fong
as Prince Ito
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Critic Reviews for Back to Bataan

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Quinn does a particularly outstanding job, as does Franquelli. Wayne makes a stalwart leader for the guerrillas, commendably underplaying the role for best results.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Back To Bataan has more excitement per reel than anything you've come across in some time and explodes the theory that war pictures are necessarily dated.

January 14, 2021 | Full Review…

Wayne's paternal attitude (a father is reflected in his relationship with a boy from the Philippines, which some critics see as a testament to the American imperialistic and patronizing approach to weaker nations.

January 12, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Weary wartime propaganda film with too much flag-waving.

August 10, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Action packed, jingoistic Wayne at war vehicle.

October 25, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Back to Bataan


WWII film about the Filipino resistance against the Japanese. Not a bad film with some good action, but has a little too much flag waving. I like the idea of the story, but it has too many dramatic moments that come off as a little hokey. Wayne and Quinn are good together, but overall just a run of a mill film for them so they are wasted.

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cody franklin

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