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They Were Expendable

1945 Rated NR 2hr 15m

During the bleak days following Pearl Harbor, Navy lieutenants John Brickley (Robert Montgomery) and Rusty Ryan (John Wayne) persuade the brass to let them send untried plywood boats against the Japanese fleet. The odds are against them, but what do heroes care about odds? One of director John Ford's pet projects, this war drama is based on the true story of the development of patrol torpedo boats.

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Movie Details

1946 Academy Award®
  • Best Visual Effects nominee
  • Best Sound nominee
Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Screen formats

Full Screen 1.33:1


English, French

Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital Mono

Other features

Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.