A group of men parachute into Japanese-occupied Burma with a dangerous and important mission: to locate and blow up a radar station. They accomplish this well enough, but when they try to rendezvous at an old air-strip to be taken back to their base, they find Japanese waiting for them, and they must make a long, difficult walk back through enemy-occupied jungle. Written by
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Did You Know?
The movie was pulled from release in the UK after just one week. It was banned there after heated protest from British veterans groups and the military establishment. As the Burma campaign was a predominantly British and Australian operation, the picture was taken as a national insult due to the movie's Americanization of the Burma operation. The resentment that many felt was seen as yet another example of Americans believing they had won the war singlehandedly. It was not shown in Britain again until 1952/1953 and then with an apology disclaimer. Incidentally, writer Lester Cole
, who co-wrote the somewhat overly patriotic flag-waving script, would be branded an "Un-American" Communist, becoming one of the Hollywood Ten just a few years later. See more
When Captain Nelson orders the supply sergeant to issue correspondent Mark Williams "everything from soup to nuts, complete jump outfit," the sergeant, in addition to a correct paratrooper's chest-mounted reserve parachute, plops a fighter pilot's ripcord-activated seat pack parachute on the table, not the proper, static line-activated backpack parachute used by paratroopers. See more
Pvt. Nebraska Hooper
It's sure peaceful so far.
Cpl. Gabby Gordon
That's the way I like it... peaceful. I already said when I starved to death, I want it to be peaceful.
Opening credits: "I claim we got a beating. We got run out of Burma and its humiliating as well. I'll go over the mountains into India and rake up an army. I'll supply them there, train them, and some day I'll lead them back into Burma." Joseph W. Stilwell GENERAL, U.S. ARMY See more