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Baby Blue Marine (1976)

PG | | Drama | 11 September 1976 (UK)
A would-be Marine fails basic training, and is sent home wearing the "baby blue" fatigues of a washout. En route, he is mugged by a battle-fatigued Marine Raider, who leaves him to hitch-hike home in an undeserved hero's uniform.

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John D. Hancock (as John Hancock)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Marion
Glynnis O'Connor ... Rose
Katherine Helmond ... Mrs. Hudkins
Dana Elcar ... Sheriff Wenzel
Bert Remsen ... Mr. Hudkins
Bruno Kirby ... Pop Mosley (as B. Kirby Jr.)
Richard Gere ... Raider
Art Lund ... Mr. Elmore
Michael Conrad ... Drill Instructor
Allan Miller ... Capt. Bittman
Michael LeClair Michael LeClair ... Barney Hudkins
Will Seltzer Will Seltzer ... Pvt. Phelps
Kenneth Tobey ... Buick Driver (as Ken Tobey)
Lelia Goldoni ... Mrs. Townsley
Marshall Efron ... Cook
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Storyline

A young man joins the Marines during WWII but fails to meet qualifications so is washed out and sent home in a light blue uniform which apparently indicates his status. He meets a real war vet in a bar who wants to go AWOL because he is afraid to be sent back. The Vet mugs the young man in the alley and takes his clothes ,leaving him the war vet uniform to wear. The young man hitchhikes towards home but on the way he stops in a small Colorado mountain town and people think he is a war hero so he gets free food and so forth. A waitress at the cafe invites him home stay with her family an he falls in love. Curiously there is a supposed WWII American-Japanese internment camp very nearby in the woods and some scenes are included that make you think it is important to the plot. In reality there never was any such camps in the woods near a town. The only Colorado camp was near Granada in the bleak wilderness areas of the dry flats of Colorado. Later three American-Japanese teen boys escape ... Written by Ken Flood

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In 1943 courage was something you found. Love was something you won. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alma de Herói See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film (uncredited) of John Drew Barrymore. NOTE: After finishing this film he left the industry and became a recluse for the next 25 years. See more »

Goofs

During the flag ceremony at the Japaneses Internment Camp, the wrong bugle call is sounded. They are lowering the flag at the end of the day, and that is called a "Retreat" ceremony. The bugle call you are hearing is, "Retreat", which is the first of two bugle calls that are sounded. When "Retreat" is sounded, it lets everyone know to stop and face towards the flag. The salute isn't presented until the second bugle call, "To The Colors", begins, as the flag is being lowered. In this movie, we never actually hear the bugle call, "To The Colors". See more »

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Features Dark Victory (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

I'LL BE SEEING YOU
By Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain
Sung by Fred Karlin
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The theme of "Innocents" touched me then and still does!
24 July 2002 | by greyfalkSee all my reviews

I first saw this film in 1980 and it touched a cord which reminded me of a more innocent time. The opening narrative, music and paintings by Norman Rockwell set the tone for me. You either love the movie or hate it. Jan Michael Vincent was at his all time best and portrayed Cpl Marion Hedgepeth in a most innocent and touching way. This movie is at the top of my all time favorites, a shame it isn't available on DVD or VHS anymore. The ending was also wonderful. John Hancock did a marvelous job of capturing the essence of the time.


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