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The Purple Plain (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 26 November 1954 (Finland)
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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HIS PEAK OF ADVENTURE! (original print ad - all caps) 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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Blore's quote, "Theirs not to reason why...", is from "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson. See more »

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When Peck's co-pilot looks out at the starboard engine, it is leaking some kind of fluid; but that fluid is running down the side of engine. It's not showing any sign of what would have to be at least a 200 mph wind passing over the nacelle. See more »

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Squadron Leader Bill Forrester: After that, I didn't want to go on living. You'd think that would be easy enough in war but it didn't work. I wanted to die but I got medals instead.
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Onward Christian Soldiers
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Music by Arthur Sullivan and lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
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The Purple Plain
5 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I suppose the reason why I loved the film so much was that I was actually watching the film being made in Sigaria in Ceylon (Now Sri Lanka). I was part of an RAF Police team from RAF Columbo called to investigate the theft of some property from the set of the film. The visit also gave me the opportunity to actually have breakfast with Grgory Peck before the days shooting. I was astounded by the amount of detail that went into the making of the film, and the amount of responsibility put upon Jean, the continuity girl. Gregory Peck was a perfect gentleman, and I was so proud to actually be introduced to him by Brummie Benson, an RAF extra on the film set. To me, the film depicted courage at it's best, and as said by a previous critic , a simple story, with no over blown heroics,a good and believable cast, and a most enjoyable though somewhat predictable conclusion. But, NO bad language..... It's a pity more films of today cannot follow the same pattern. In all a very good example of the Royal Air Force at it's humble best, and a credit to the J.Arthur Rank Studios for its production


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