Cinema: Jungle Rot

War may be getting a bad name, but it still pays at the box office. Ask Director Robert Aldrich. His 1967 movie The Dirty Dozen made millions by drafting a gang of incorrigible convicts into a mission behind enemy lines. Too Late the Hero is a kind of sequel to The Dirty Dozen, based once again on a World War II suicide mission.

The patrol's commanding officer (Denholm Elliott) is a well-bred British fumbler who keeps getting his men bushwhacked on an island in the South Pacific. The cynic-in-residence is a cool-eyed cockney medic (Michael Caine), who alternates between bandaging the wounded...

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