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Big John is the cowboy in colonel's clothing organising guerilla attacks against the Japanese in the Philippines while waiting for the main forces to arrive. Designed as a tribute to the Filipino resistance, it's fast, vigorous and quite exciting, but marred by incessant flag-waving, the usual racist depiction of the enemy, and some atrocious sentimentality (featuring not only a heroic small boy, but Quinn's Filipino sweetheart, who becomes a sort of Tokyo Rose for the Japs while passing information on the side).

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Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Screenwriter: Ben Barzman, Richard Landau
Cast: John Wayne
Anthony Quinn
Beulah Bondi
Lawrence Tierney
Paul Fix
Fely Franquelli
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