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Yesterday's Enemy (1959)

 |  War, Drama  |  11 July 1959 (Japan)
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In WW2, during the Japanese invasion of Burma, the lost remnant of a British Army Brigade HQ, led by the ruthless captain Alan Langford, escapes through the jungle toward the British lines.

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Captain Langford
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Padre
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Max
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Sgt. McKenzie
David Oxley ...
Doctor
Richard Pasco ...
2nd Lt. Hastings
Philip Ahn ...
Yamazaki
Bryan Forbes ...
Dawson
Wolfe Morris ...
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David Lodge ...
Perkins
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Wilson
Russell Waters ...
Brigadier
Barry Lowe ...
Turner
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Cut off by the Japanese advance into Burma, Captain Langford (Stanley Baker) and his exhausted British troops take over an enemy-held jungle village. Despite the protests of an elderly padre ('Guy Rolfe (I)') and of war correspondent Max Anderson (Leo McKern), Langford orders Sergeant McKenzie (Gordon Jackson) to shoot two innocent villagers, thereby "persuading" a Japanese informer to surrender vital information. When the Japanese recapture the village, their commander uses Langford's own desperate war-born tactics in a similar effort to extract information from the British. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Trivia

Stanley Baker regarded this as one of his best films, although he regretted they did not have a larger budget. See more »

Goofs

There are six prisoners in front of a firing squad, but only five soldiers in the firing squad each fire one shot. See more »

Quotes

Captain Langford: He knew there's only one way to fight a war, any war. With your gloves off.
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Burma March
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A great find
7 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Obviously, TCM's recent showing of this film was an eye-opening experience for many people, as it was for me. The other reviews (with the exception of the one with the historical ax to grind, completely unsubstantiated by the film) express all my own reasons for appreciating the film. The excitement I want to share is this: After 63 years of movie-watching, chancing on a film entirely unknown to me... one that I have never even seen included in anyone's list of "Great War Movies"... that is so well-produced, -acted and -directed... just so damn GOOD. And to have that incredible feeling of DISCOVERY... another prize addition to my "collection" of film-going experiences.

And it was gratifying to see Phillip Ahn, so familiar from the 40's, play a key role so effectively.


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