Merrill's Marauders (16-Mar-1962)|
Director: Samuel Fuller
Writers: Milton Sperling; Samuel Fuller
Based on a book: The Marauders by Charlton Ogburn, Jr.
Music: Howard Jackson
Producer: Milton Sperling
Keywords: Action/Adventure, WWII
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Review by Rob J (posted on 23-Oct-2007)
Merrill's Marauders was the last appearance of film actor Jeff
Chandler. Directed by Sam Fuller,this 1962 World War Two drama features
Chandler who gives a convincing performance as world weary Frank
Merrill who has to motivate his troops who are close to breaking point.
Fuller was responsible for many fine movies made on a low budget, but
this was one of the few times Hollywood granted a decent amount of
money to him. Based on the real life exploits of Merrill's increasingly
desparate men, Fuller shows the physical and mental torment that
Merrill faced when he was told that his soldiers are forced to fight
against a fearsome Japanese foe without respite. Unusally for a movie
made in this period, a sequence where a soldier breaks down in tears
when he is shown hospitality by some friendly villagers was probably a
lot closer to the truth of real warfare as opposed to other gung ho
films from the time frame. After all, Fuller DID fight in WW Two and
had first hand experience of hand to hand fighting. Regrettably
unavailable on DVD, it is well worth checking out.
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