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The Purple Heart (1944)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 23 February 1944 (USA)
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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An EPIC SAGE of RAW COURAGE!(original ad - many caps) See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Corazón púrpura  »

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According to the article "Hollywood's friends and foes" by Colin Shindler in the film history tome 'The Movie', "In 1943 20th Century-Fox made 'The Purple Heart', best of the anti-Japanese pictures . . . it was intended to strength public hatred of the Japanese at a time when it appeared as if the war in Europe were stealing all the headlines. The film was not finally released until 1944 when the [US] War Department was prepared to concede officially that the Japanese had indeed been torturing American POWS. [Writer & Producer Daryl F.] Zanuck would have been quite prepared to wait until the end of the war to release his picture - so strongly did he feel about it." See more »

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The son of the Chinese Governor bows to the American aviators to return the honor they gave him. But the Chinese don't bow in this fashion. It is the Japanese who bow to show respect. So a Chinese man would never use this to show respect. Since it would align himself with Japanese custom. 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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Referenced in The Wonder Years: Courage (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The Army Air Corps Song
Written by Robert Crawford
Played when the defendants are first brought into court and as they at the end
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Contains the most moving patriotic speech ever in movies
27 September 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The story of the fate of a captured American bomber crew from the first air raid on Tokyo. Dana Andrews final speech (taken from a Portugese reporter's news story) to the court is the most moving ever made in a motion picture. Purple Heart produced such a strong emotional response that it was banned in many American cities as detrimental to the war effort.


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