Ambush Bay (1966)

Ambush Bay (1966)

  • 5.5
  • 109 mins
  • War


With General MacArthur poised to strike against the Japanese defenses in the Philippines, a group of nine Marines are given a secret mission.They have to secretly land on a Philippine island in order to contact a spy who has information vital to General MacArthur's planned invasion.When their captain is killed, sergeant Corey takes charge of the group.The patrol fights its way through the Japanese-infested jungle, and only five Marines remain when they finally reach their destination.The group's radio has been destroyed, and they are unable to communicate with their base.It means that even if they find their spy and retrieve the vital intelligence they will be unable to relay this information to General MacArthur's headquarters.The Japanese, already alerted to commando's presence in the area are closing in.The Marines are running out of time.—nufs68

Short Review

Let's pack as much tedium into one movie as possible. Terrible casting helps, Hugh O'Brian's craggy faced, taciturn sergeant is awful and only just eclipsed in piled on cliches by Micky Rooney risibly portrayed battle hardened marine, but James Mitchum, possibly the worst actor ever to stumble in front of a camera makes everyone else on set look like Olivier. As for the Japanese characters, the ask must have been- just be as mean, diabolical and inept as you can manage. The plot line was turgidly cumbersome. Mercifully, Mitchum's last, laughable line ‘It all seems kinda crazy, who's to say?' did not take quite two hours to get to, but it sure felt a much longer film than its 1 hour and 50 minutes. I'm not familiar with director Ron Winston's other directorial efforts and I'm not in a hurry to become so.