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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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Trivia

In reality the British bombed German cities first in World War II, beginning with Monchengladbach on 11 May 1940. See more »

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The markings on the small model aircraft used in the crash scenes are different to the markings on the larger mock-up crashed aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Anna: It's not good to die inside.
Squadron Leader Bill Forrester: It's like living a bad dream.
Anna: Here we bury the dead in the earth not in our hearts. Is the dream over now?
Squadron Leader Bill Forrester: I think so.
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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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Peck at his most enigmatic
4 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A pot-boiler of a Film that is intelligently crafted by Director Robert Parrish. To some it may seem intolerably slow & lacking pace, but to others like myself the Film does something that nearly all Films in the Fifties and indeed many now do not even attempt to achieve, and that is take the time to investigate the main characters in depth and in detail. This is done not via long tracts of dialogue, but via the un-said. In particular Peck and the astonishingly beautiful and talented Win Man Than as 'Anna' develop their relationship in the Film in the subtlest and most delicate of manners. I can find no further information on Win Man Tan, but her performance in this period piece, is one part enchanting, one part mesmerising. We understand fully how Peck's psychiatric problems eventually dissolve as hie begins to find perspective courtesy of love for 'Anna'. This Film is not staggering nor the best piece of Cinema you will ever see, but it is superbly acted, wonderfully cast, sparingly written, adroitly directed, and deserves to be watched by anyone who has a love of Cinema. Recommended, because what we see at our Cinemas today has MUCH to learn from Movie making such as this.


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