In Too Late the Hero as in The Dirty Dozen, director Robert Aldrich once again assembles a motley squad of reluctant heroes. Because he can speak Japanese, Cliff Robertson is recruited for a mission led by Denholm Elliott to knock out a Japanese observation post on a Pacific island. Skeptical enlisted man Michael Caine and Robertson survive to match wits with the Japanese commandant.
Too Late the Hero was one of six collaborations between director Robert Aldrich and writer Lukas Heller. Other included What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), and The Killing of Sister George (1968).
Cast: Michael Caine, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Ronald Fraser, Denholm Elliott, Sam Kydd,
Producer and Director: Robert Aldrich
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Editor: Michael Luciano
Composer: Gerald Fried
Screenwriters: Robert Aldrich, Lukas Heller
Art Director: James Dowell Vance
USA / Cinerama / 133 minutes / 1969