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  • "They were crack troops skilled in the techniques of unconditional warfare, the soldiers of the Special Forces – and the focus of Hollywood’s first feature film about the Vietnam War: The Green Berets. John Wayne stars in and co-directs this red-white-and-blue depiction of America’s Vietnam effort, based on Robert Moore’s novel. Wayne wrote to President Lyndon Johnson to request military assistance for the film – and got more than enough firepower to create an impressive spectacle.

    Its soldiers fit the tried-and-true mould of earlier Wayne war classics like Back to Bataan and Sands of Iwo Jima. Their heroics are timeless.

  • Chisum showcases John Wayne in the twilight of his remarkable 200+ film career. As John Chisum, a real-life cattle king determined to protect his empire against a land-grabbing developer (Forrest Tucker). 

    Wayne’s no-nonsense persona snugly fits this lively reworking of the events of New Mexico’s 1878 Lincoln County War. Directed in fine sagebrush style by Andrew V. McLaglen and beautifully photographed by William H. Clothier (The Warner Bros. Story), Chisum is the kind of sweeping, brawling Western that made Wayne endure as a star.

  • On one side is an army of gunmen dead-set on springing a murderous sidekick from jail. On the other is Sheriff John T. Chance and his two deputies: one a drunk, the other a cripple. Place your bets. 

    John Wayne is Chance in Rio Bravo, a lean Western classic packing solid heroics and a strong emotional core. He’s joined by Dean Martin as the deputy coming off a two-year drunk, Walter Brennan as the old coot whose spirit outmatches his hobbled stride, Ricky Nelson as a youth out to prove himself and Angie Dickinson as a scarlet woman with her eye on Chance. Director Howard Hawks lifted the Western to new heights with Red River. Capturing the legendary West with a stellar cast in peak form, he does it again here.

  • World War II rages across the Pacific and Lt. Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford is in the thick of it. He evacuates children from enemy-held islands. Oversees the development of torpedoes at Pearl Harbour. And prowls the depths in the submarine Thunderfish for a chance to aim his improved “tin fish” — torpedoes — at the enemy.  

    John Wayne plays Gifford in Operation Pacific. “I’m no theory man. I’m a line officer,” Gifford barks. He backs it up with lots of bite in several feverish sea battles. He’s also a man of heart with a loving wife at home (fellow Academy Award® winner Patricia Neal). Vice Admiral Charles Lockwood, World War II commander of all U.S. Pacific submarines, was technical advisor for this adventure packing real you-are-there thrills!

  • Supplies are dwindling. Troops are hopelessly outnumbered. But even in defeat there is victory. The defenders of the Philippines— including PT-boat skippers John Brickley (Robert Montgomery) and Rusty Ryan (John Wayne)—will give the U.S. war effort time to regroup after the devastation of Pearl Harbor. 

    Director John Ford’s World War II tale knows its battle-scarred topic first-hand. Montgomery was himself a Pacific PT-boat commander and a valorous Bronze Star recipient. Ford filmed the Academy Award®- winning* documentary Battle of Midway. And Wayne creates a portrait of patriotic resolve as only he can. They Were Expendable salutes all who expended themselves during some of the war’s bleakest hours.