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John Ford United States, 1945

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.