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Back Door to Hell
Directed by Monte Hellman
Produced by Fred Roos
Written by John Hackett (actor)
Starring Jimmie Rodgers
John Hackett
Jack Nicholson
Music by Mike Velarde
Cinematography Mars Rasca
Editing by Fely Crisostomo
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox
Release date(s) November 15 1964
Running time 75 min.

Back Door to Hell is a 1964 film concerning a three-man team of United States soldiers preparing the way for Gen. MacArthur's World War II return to the Philippines by destroying a Japanese communications center.

It was produced on a relatively small budget and received lukewarm reviews, and is most notable as one of Jack Nicholson's earlier roles. Jimmie Rodgers had a substantial part in the film, and co-financed it.

The film, directed by Monte Hellman, was shot on location in the Philippines, giving it a particularly authentic look. The same plot was reused in Ib Melchior's Ambush Bay (1966) with a larger Marine patrol destroying a minefield prior to the American invasion of the Philippines.


Hellman, Nicholson and Hackett also made the film Flight to Fury back to back with Flight to Fury (1964).

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