The Mountain Road

  • 1960
  • Movie
  • NR
  • War

Uninspired Stewart vehicle set in China during WW II. Stewart is a US Army major whose first command is to head an eight-man demolition team that is to destroy bridges and roads vital to the Japanese. Joined by two Chinese, Lu and Silvera, Stewart blows up a mountain bridge. Though the destruction of the pass is a strategic success, the military move leaves...read more

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Uninspired Stewart vehicle set in China during WW II. Stewart is a US Army major whose first command is to head an eight-man demolition team that is to destroy bridges and roads vital to the Japanese. Joined by two Chinese, Lu and Silvera, Stewart blows up a mountain bridge. Though the

destruction of the pass is a strategic success, the military move leaves thousands of Chinese homeless. Lu is outraged at Stewart's apparent indifference to the situation. Stewart's coldness toward the Chinese increases when one of his men is trampled to death by starving Chinese running to grab

rations. Things get worse when two more of Stewart's men are killed by Chinese military deserters. To avenge them, Stewart orders the destruction of a whole village, killing hundreds of innocent women and children. Having seen enough, Lu leaves Stewart to complete his assignment alone, while

Stewart eventually sees the error of his ways. Stewart's performance is interesting since he rarely played such an unsympathetic character, but the film never really reaches his level of intensity.

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