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Jungle Fighters (1961)
"The Long and the Short and the Tall" (original title)

 -  War | Drama  -  8 September 1961 (Finland)
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A troop of British soldiers are out in the jungle to record jungle noises and troop noises in the jungle so that the recordings can be played back by other troops to divert the enemy to their whereabouts. As they progress to what they think is closer to the base camp they find themselves farther and farther from radio range until the only channel they can get clearly is that of a Japanese broadcast. They now realize they are probably only 10 to 15 miles from a Japanese camp! The tension is added to by rowdy and openly admitted "non-hero" Private Bamforth who has nothing good to say about anyone and especially Corporal Johnstone (who holds an equal dislike for Bamforth). When a Japanese soldier is taken as their prisoner, the true colors of each man comes to the surface ... Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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Although Kenji Takaki was the only actor to have acted in both this film and the original stage production, John Rees had been hired as an understudy for the play by its director, Lindsay Anderson. Anderson had hoped to make his debut as a director of feature films by turning his stage hit into a movie and was greatly annoyed when Leslie Norman got the job instead, frequently referring to him in subsequent interviews as a "hack". Perhaps because of this, Norman's son, the film critic and broadcaster Barry Norman, has in turn been critical of Anderson's film career, expressing his dislike of Anderson's work in print as late as 2013, nearly twenty years after Anderson's death. See more »

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In the hut the soldiers' clothes become dry very quickly. Even when Laurence Harvey is wringing his shirt to get the water out, the rest of his clothes are dry. In the jungle during the rainy season, clothes would take hours if not days to dry out. See more »

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Pvt. 'Bammo' Bamforth: [to Macleish] I hope they carve your brother up... I hope they carve your bloody brother up!
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Written by Fred Godfrey, Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake
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Great production of the GCSE set text.
30 August 1999 | by (Cheshire, England) – See all my reviews

Having read the Willis Hall play with the school. I watched this film and saw that it was like watching the actual characters arguing. This shows how the different characters react to a war situation and this makes the combat scene at the end deeply moving because we get to know the characters as individuals as well as stereotypes. First class drama


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