They Were Expendable

"Unbearable"

They Were Expendable Review


One of the worst war movies ever made, They Were Expendable tells the oh-so-serious tale of PT boats during WWII. Set in 1941 (and released in 1945, when the war was still going on!), we are treated to John Wayne's perfunctory performance as he ties up boats and unties them, then gets in a bunch of battles before having to tie up some more boats. Interminably long, the film is nearly unwatchable and offers nothing new in the way of war (or anti-war) commentary. Sure, the lowly PT boatmen weren't expendable, but their movie is.

Often described as one of the greatest WWII movies ever made. I suspect it's by people who have never had to sit through the actual film.



They Were Expendable

Facts and Figures

Run time: 135 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 20th December 1945

Distributed by: MGM Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Fresh: 7 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Lt. John Brickley, as Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan, as Lt. Sandy Davyss, as General Martin, as "Boats" Mulcahey, Chief Boatswain's Mate, as Major James Morton, Arthur Walsh as Seaman Jones, as Ens. 'Snake' Gardner, Paul Langton as Ens. 'Andy' Andrews, as Ens. George Cross, Donald Curtis as Lt. (J.G.) 'Shorty' Long, Louis Jean Heydt as 'Ohio'

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