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Objective, Burma! (1945)

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A platoon of special ops are tasked to parachute into the remote Burmese jungle and destroy a strategic Japanese radar station, but getting out isn't as easy.

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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 John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Members of Merrill's Marauders, who were on location as technical advisers, critiqued the fact that Nelson's men killed all the Japanese at the radar station so quickly with none wounded or escaped. That was likely by design because any of the defenders left alive would have to be executed by the special ops troops, something that 1945 audiences would have found objectionable for American troops to do. See more »

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During the hilltop supply drop, the support wire from fuselage to tail on the camera plane is visible. See more »

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Capt. Nelson: [Seeing Gabby putting stagnant water in his canteen and getting ready to drink it] Hey, do you want to get sick? Where's your purifying tablets?
Cpl. Gabby Gordon: I lost them when we made that last river crossing.
[Nelson gives him some of his]
Cpl. Gabby Gordon: They'll remember me in history. Gabby Gordon: the guy who purified all the stinkin' rivers in Burma!
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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 »

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A Fine Film
11 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It's understandable that there were sensitivities in the UK over this film when released. After all the British played a major role in removing the Japanese from Burma, it was still fresh in the memory and this film largely overlooks the British effort.

We have to remember though that this is a film, not a documentary, and it was made during the war for a US audience. It is not meant to be completely factually accurate and bearing this in mind it is a very good film.

I have never been an Errol Flynn fan and always think of him as just a swashbuckling pirate in tights, but he is very good here displaying a sensitive side, the difficulty of command and appropriate humour. There is also a good performance from the underrated James Brown (who was also good in films such as Air Force and the Sands of Iwo Jima).

The story displays the usual war messages, it's futility, devotion to colleagues and duty etc. It also shows the jungle as almost a big an enemy as the Japanese. I'm lucky not to have lived through those difficult times but come from a region of the UK where a large number of troops were based in Burma, and several veterans of the campaign have told me they feared the jungle as much as the Japanese.

I am a big fan of WW2 films and certainly place this amongst my top 10.


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