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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Aardsy's rating of the film They Were Expendable

    Another dull John Ford jam.

  2. FISCHER's rating of the film They Were Expendable

    Premier grand film de guerre de John Wayne qui interprète avec sobriété le rôle de l'officier Rusty Ryan, amoureux de son infirmière et qui tient absolument et perpétuellement à en découdre avec les Japonais... www.cinefiches.com

  3. SpacePirate's rating of the film They Were Expendable

    Great Ford film. Arguably top 5 WW2 flicks out there. Wayne and Reed have great chemistry together, and Montgomery's real war experience operating PT boats shows. A really well made, touching film, and another classic in a long one from one of the masters. 5 stars. Essential for war film buffs.

  4. Duncan Gray's rating of the film They Were Expendable

    It is propaganda, in a fashion, but it's telling that what Ford chooses to emphasize isn't combat prowess but camaraderie, and even then he doesn't try to gloss over what soldiers are expected to give up, fair or not. The nighttime raids are among the best action sequences of the era, but some of the most unforgettable images are the faces of the extras (real soldiers?) and how utterly goddamn young they are.

  5. Jack D. Fleischer's rating of the film They Were Expendable

    The final third is really captivating, and has a nice pseudo-documentary feel that kind of eclipses the rest of the movie. Some of the images surrounding the repair of the boats are incredibly well thought and run deep. The final exchange somehow aberrant, discursive. Worth watching...

  6. Warren Spratley's rating of the film They Were Expendable

    "arguably the greatest war film ever" -Kristin Thompson

  7. Cineastic's rating of the film They Were Expendable

    An exquisitely shot film with the technical sagacity that Ford is known for. However, it is made in a more semidocumentary style as opposed to the expressionist/romantic that is exhibited in some of his better known films. Nevertheless, I did enjoy this picture very much and it's essential for any John Ford fan or anyone interested in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

  8. WhatsUpWill's rating of the film They Were Expendable

    It's a little too long, but I generally liked it. I'd say it's middle tier Ford.

  9. StevenRayMorris's rating of the film They Were Expendable

    the ending is so bizarre and creepy.

  10. chanandre's rating of the film They Were Expendable

    [Cinémathèque PT #165: 35 mm]

  11. Neil Bahadur's rating of the film They Were Expendable

    What an extrodinary film. A trancendent and extremely personal tribute to those who died in the Second World War, including Ford's own companions.