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"Their top secret mission paved the way for the man who said "I Shall Return!""
  • Approved
  • 1966
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • 5.4  (765)

Ambush Bay is a 1966 American war movie directed by Ron Winston and starring Hugh O'Brian, Mickey Rooney, and James Mitchum. The movie is set in the Pacific during World War II and follows a group of American Marines as they are tasked with destroying a Japanese communications station on an island in the Philippines. The movie begins with the Marines being dropped off on a small island where they are to conduct reconnaissance before moving on to the main island. Things quickly go wrong when the Japanese launch a surprise attack killing a number of the soldiers, leaving the small group of survivors to flee to the main island to finish their mission.

The cast is led by Hugh O'Brian who plays Lt. Donovan, the commander of the Marine unit tasked with the mission. O'Brian brings a steady and natural intensity to his role as the tough but fair leader who is determined to get his men through the mission alive. Mickey Rooney gives a solid comic relief performance as Cpl. Gabby, a communications specialist who is invaluable to the mission but is also a bit of a liability due to his anxiousness and clumsiness. He provides some much-needed levity to offset the intense drama of the mission. James Mitchum, son of Hollywood legend Robert Mitchum, adds a bit of toughness and stoic resolve as Sgt. Ames, a Marine who has seen plenty of action and takes charge when the situation calls for it.

The action sequences are the highlight of the movie, with some genuine tension and excitement created as the Marines try to avoid detection while moving through the jungle and attacking the Japanese station. The cinematography is excellent, with lush colors and well-framed shots that capture the beauty and danger of the island setting.

One of the standout elements of the movie is the portrayal of the Japanese soldiers. While many war movies of the time tended to portray the enemy as one-dimensional villains, Ambush Bay gives a more nuanced and humanistic view of the Japanese soldiers. While still presenting them as formidable opponents, the movie also shows them in moments of vulnerability and even humanity, making them more complex and interesting characters.

There are moments of political commentary throughout the film, such as when one of the Marines argues against the use of atomic bombs against Japan, and another moment when Sgt. Ames calls out the hypocrisy of America's racial inequality while fighting a war against a country that is guilty of similar atrocities. These moments add depth and complexity to the film's portrayal of the war.

Overall, Ambush Bay is a solid war movie that features engaging characters, thrilling action sequences, and thoughtful themes. While it may not be a classic of the genre, it is definitely worth a watch for fans of war movies and those interested in the history of the Pacific theater of World War II.

Ambush Bay is a 1966 war movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 49 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.4.

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    5.4  (765)