Ambush Bay 1966 NR

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In 1944, a nine-man Marine patrol secretly lands on a Japanese-held island in order to contact a spy who has important information about General MacArthur's planned invasion of the Philippines.

Starring:
Hugh O'Brian, Mickey Rooney
Runtime:
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Ron Winston
Starring Hugh O'Brian, Mickey Rooney
Supporting actors James Mitchum, Peter Masterson, Harry Lauter, Greg Amsterdam, Bruno Punzalan, Tisa Chang, Buff Fernandez, Joaquin Fajardo, Limbo Lagdameo, Nonong Arceo, Jim Anauo, Tony Smith, Clem Stadler, Amado Abello, Juris Sulit, Max Quismundo, Douglas MacArthur
Studio MGM
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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76 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Avid on June 2, 2005
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I am driven in part to write a quick review based on the errors mentioned by the other review (Cressy, below).

First, the movie was good, but still Hollywood, when it comes to portraying actual combat.

Second, Hugh O'Brian's character may come across to a civilian like a "superhero" because he actually was a Marine! He knew the part he played from experience, not just as an actor.

Three, the previous reviewer knows nothing about the Marine Corps or its history. Baseball caps were common in the pacific, especially during the early years of the war and especially with air crews. The choice was that or a garrison cap (if you have to look that up, do so) or a helmet. It was not until later in the war that the soft cover came out, which, as I recall, was what Hugh O'Brian and Mickey Rooney and the other "Marines" wore.

Fourth, the "rubbery, funky camouflage uniforms" are not "rubbery" at all, but were real. I still have one.

Fifth, it goes to show that civilians should not be allowed to review military movies, for the obvious reasons.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tommy on February 19, 2006
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Do not expect a masterpiece with Ambush Bay. Expect to have some fun and enjoy this "covert" action film. A team of Marine Raiders (Marines that were actually issued full camouflage uniforms in WW2) are sent to a Japanese held island to try and remote-detonate some mines that are blocking our ships at sea. The mission goes bad early on and the Marines start dying one by one. The shootouts are exciting and there is a fair amount of blood for a 60's film. To the reviewer who commented about the uniforms- by the early 40's, some Marines fighting in the Pacific were issued a reversible camouflage uniform that had light sandy camo on one side (for a beach invasion) and green jungle camo on the other (for jungle fighting). The guys in this film wear only the beach side for some reason. The hats are authentic for the 40's. Soft caps were common once troops were out of a combat zone. In fact even today, special forces covert units prefer "boonie" hats over helmets. This is a movie I would have LOVED as a kid. As an adult, I enjoy it and have watched it 3 times now.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Blackdeer on February 11, 2007
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Ambush Bay is a good World War II action drama about a Marine Corps reconnaissance team dispatched to the Japanese-occupied island of Siargao in support of a pending U.S. amphibious invasion. Their mission is to link up with a Japanese-American woman and radio back information she has on a coastal bay to be used for the assault. The reconnaissance turns into a raid after they learn that the bay is mined and are unable to warn higher headquarters due to the loss of their radio. The plot is interesting and the movie has a good cast with Hugh O'Brian as First Sergeant Corey, Mickey Rooney as Gunnery Sergeant Wartell and James Mitchum as Private Grenier. Mitchum's character as an airman radio operator assigned to the Marine team serves as the audience's observer and narrator for the story. O'Brian's character takes the lead early after their commander is killed, and Rooney's gives balance as a career Marine who doesn't take himself too seriously. While the movie has a good story, action-drama receives priority over tactical logic as the recon team stumbles into Japanese units, resulting in several firefights that whittle the team down to the main characters. The production features on-location filming in the Philippines, but the casting of Filipino actors as Japanese soldiers, and the use of a contemporary military base for the climatic sequence, waters down an authentic environment. Overall, it's a good "B" movie for action entertainment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. Crabtree VINE VOICE on January 26, 2008
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Hollywood simply did not make enough of these great color, letterbox format, Pacific Theater, WW II films! Director Ron Winston did a fine job with this one which is one of the best I've seen.

A young James Mitchum, (talented brother of Robert and John Mitchum), holds the starring role here over Hugh O'Brian and Mickey Rooney. Mitchum plays Private Grenier, a smart-aleck rookie U.S. Marine who has gotten himself shanghaied into a top secret special operation in the Phillipines during the Japanese occcupation. All the other marines, about a dozen of them, are highly-trained and experienced specialists in their respective fields. Mitchum, the radio guy, was grudgingly brought along as a last-minute replacement for the regular top communications specialist who came down with illness just prior to this imperative guerilla operation.

They are secreted to the island by float-plane at night. Soon after entering the jungle, the Captain of the operation is killed during a desperate scuffle with some Japanese soldiers at their campfire. Hugh O'Brian, playing the Lieutenant, takes over command and he doesn't much like Mitchum, viewing the Private as trivial and immature. Mitchum is eventually told the purpose of the operation: A Phillipine guide will take them across the jungle island to the Japanese base where their contact person, a covert Allied agent, will provide information that is critical to MacArthur's immanent Allied re-invasion of the Phillipines. Thus, it will eventually fall on Mitchum, the most important member of the team in terms of duty, to convey this critical intelligence by radio.
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