Western Heritage (1948) Wallace Grissell, Tim Holt, Nan Leslie, Richard Martin, Action, Drama, Western

Western Heritage (1948)
A forger has made a copy of a Spanish land grant and Arnold is after it. Arnold and his men attack, shoot the forger, and take the deed while Russ tries unsuccessfully to stop them. Arnold presents it at the recorders office. It appears authentic and he starts evicting ranchers from their land. But Russ knows something is wrong as one of Arnold’s men was a man he fought with during the attack.

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Back Door to Hell (1964) Monte Hellman, Jimmie Rodgers, Jack Nicholson, John Hackett, War, Drama

Back Door to Hell (Monte Hellman, 1964)
In December, 1944, three US soldiers sneak ashore on Luzon to gather intelligence about Japanese troops in advance of the American armada. The three are to reconnoiter and report via their shortwave radio. Lieutenant Craig may not have the stomach for killing; Jersey is a cynical sergeant; Bartlett is the radio man who also speaks Japanese. They’re soon in touch with guerrillas, led by Paco, a tough, skeptical school teacher. The Japanese learn the Americans are in the area and take school children hostage until the Filipinos find, arrest, and turn over the GIs. Can this tiny squad make allies, save the children, get and transmit the information, and live to tell the tale?

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Samâ sorujâ / Summer Soldiers (1972) Hiroshi Teshigahara, Keith Sykes, Reisen Ri, Kazuo Kitamura, Drama

Sama soruja (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1972)
This fascinating Japanese drama takes an objective look at the relationship between American GIs and deserters in Japan during the Vietnam war. Many of the men went on leave to Tokyo. Some did not want to return and ended up sheltered by Japanese “host families” who would conceal them for a night. The story centers on the different experiences of an exhausted deserter, and a gung-ho soldier. Meanwhile, the Japanese “Deserter’s Aid Committee” holds audiences with would-be dodgers.

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