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194 Ratings

They Were Expendable

Directed by John Ford
United States, 1945
War, Drama


Shortly after Pearl Harbor, a squadron of PT-boat crews in the Philipines must battle the Navy brass between skirmishes with the Japanese. The title says it all about the Navy’s attitude towards the PT-boats and their crews.

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They Were Expendable Directed by John Ford

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1946 | 2 nominations including: Best Sound, Recording




Critics reviews

They Were Expendable is a deft blend of art and propaganda—the work of a significant artist, not an ideological promoter.
January 26, 2016
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