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The Purple Plain (1954)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, War  |  26 November 1954 (Finland)
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After losing his bride in a Luftwaffe air raid, bomber pilot Forrester becomes a solitary killing machine, who doesn't care whether he dies. The reckless Canadian pilot is both admired and ... See full summary »

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Squadron Leader Bill Forrester
Win Min Than ...
Anna
Brenda de Banzie ...
Miss McNab
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Dr. Harris
Maurice Denham ...
Blore
Lyndon Brook ...
Carrington
Anthony Bushell ...
Group Captain Aldridge
Josephine Griffin ...
Mrs. Bill Forrester
Ram Gopal ...
Mr. Phang
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After losing his bride in a Luftwaffe air raid, bomber pilot Forrester becomes a solitary killing machine, who doesn't care whether he dies. The reckless Canadian pilot is both admired and feared by the rest of his squadron in World War II Burma. The squadron physician is assigned to determine the embittered Bill Forrester's fitness for duty. To break through the nightmare-haunted man's wall of silence, the physician drives Forrester to visit an outpost of English-speaking refugees, which includes an alluring young Burmese woman. Written by David Stevens

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ADVENTURE! ...With the sky as its canopy and Burma's "Purple Hell" as its arena! See more »

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Adventure | Drama | War | Action

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26 November 1954 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

La flamme pourpre  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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Just before the crash Peck's navigator references "Where the dawn comes up like thunder". This is a quote from Mandalay by Rudyard Kipling. See more »

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When the Avro Anson touches down on the dirt runway near the end of the film, it makes screeching sounds as per a hard surface. See more »

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Jesus Christ is risen today
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Traditional lyrics (from Bohemia)
Music by Robert Williams
Sung when Forrester is asked his favourite Easter hymn
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Good movie
28 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Peck is a neurotic, suicidal pilot in Burma during WWII. He's transformed by his love for a native girl, which gives him the drive to survive the trek through the harsh burmese wilderness after his plane crashes.

A good,dramatic film with serviceable performances by the cast. Especially by Brenda De Banzie as a missionary.


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