Back to Bataan (1945) is a World War II war film produced by Robert Fellows, directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring John Wayne and Anthony Quinn. It was produced by RKO Radio Pictures. It depicts events (some fictionalized and some actual) that took place after the Battle of Bataan (1941 - 1942) on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The working title of the film was The Invisible Army.
The film begins with the then recent US Army Ranger raid at Cabanatuan prisoner of war camp. The film then flashes back to 1942.
As American forces under General MacArthur are forced to pull out of Bataan, Colonel Joseph Madden (John Wayne) of the U.S. Army, stays behind to organize guerrilla fighters against the occupying Japanese forces in the Philippines. Madden teams up with Filipino resistance fighters to liberate POW's from Cabanatuan.
One of his officers, Captain Andrés Bonifácio (Anthony Quinn), carries a heavy burden. Not only does he have to live up to being the grandson of Andrés...