Director Robert Aldrich's vain attempt to repeat the box-office bonanza of his 1967 hit THE DIRTY DOZEN comes off only adequately. Shot on location in the Philippines with an all-star cast, TOO LATE THE HERO tells a tale of bravery and cowardice among dissimilar men. It's the nadir of WW
II, and the Japanese are ensconced on an island in the New Hebrides, where they have an observation base and are able to watch shipping in the area and order air strikes. The Allies' problem is how to get them out of there. Lt. Lawson (Cliff Robertson) is a gold-bricking US Navy officer who is
doing his best to stay out of harm's way. Because he can speak Japanese, Lawson is recrui...