Melbourne Cinémathèque The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Too Late the Hero

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This intense, action-packed and circumspect war film provides a fascinating companion piece to the massively successful The Dirty Dozen made by Robert Aldrich in 1967.

Shot in harsh conditions in the Philippines, and resonating with contemporary US experience in Vietnam, it focuses on a ragbag collection of misfits, cynics and cowards assigned to an outlying British commando unit tasked with destroying a radio transmitter on a largely Japanese occupied island.

One of the director’s most underrated films it stars Michael Caine, Cliff Robertson, Henry Fonda and Ken Takakura.