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The Purple Heart (1944)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  23 February 1944 (USA)
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This is the story of the crew of a downed bomber, captured after a run over Tokyo, early in the war. Relates the hardships the men endure while in captivity, and their final humiliation: ... See full summary »

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This is the story of the crew of a downed bomber, captured after a run over Tokyo, early in the war. Relates the hardships the men endure while in captivity, and their final humiliation: being tried and convicted as war criminals. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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Drama | History | War

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Corazón púrpura  »

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According to the book 'The Films of World War II' by Joe Morella, Edward Z. Epstein and John Griggs (1973), this film was "released shortly after the [US] government's publication of reports of Japanese torture of American prisoners of war" and as such the film's original cinema release "was extremely timely and moving." See more »

Goofs

There should be a solid red circle inside the white star on the insignia on the fuselage of the B-25 "Mrs. Murphy". The insignia shown was not adopted until June, 1942, two months after the Doolittle Raid. See more »

Quotes

Captain Harvey Ross: No your excellency. It's true we Americans don't know very much about you Japanese. And we never did. And now I realize you know even less about us. You can kill us. All of us, or part of us. But if you think that's going to put the fear of god into the United States of America, and stop them from sending other flyers to bomb you, you're wrong. Dead wrong. They'll come by night, they'll come by day. Thousands of them. They'll blacken your skies and burn your cities to the ground and make you ...
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Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
The music that Canelli hears in the cell
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What would you do in their shoes?
9 November 1999 | by (Yokosuka, Japan) – See all my reviews

This is a beautiful movie. The story is about what happens to the captured crew of an American Army Air Corps bomber in Japan during WWII.

The performances of the actors are excellent and deeply felt (remember that it was filmed during the war). Once you have watched the first 30 minutes, you must stay to learn their fate at the hands of the Japanese.


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