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Jungle Fighters (1961)

The Long and the Short and the Tall (original title)
Approved | | War, Drama | 8 September 1961 (Finland)
In 1942, a group of British soldiers is sent on a mission in the Malaysian jungle and gets lost into the Japanese controlled zone.



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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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"A handsome young private lay dying ...", recited by Bamforth, is based on 'The Old Stable Jacket' or 'Tarpaulin Jacket' (words by G. J. Whyte-Melville, music by Charles Coote). Various parodies of the song exist, also including another wartime song, 'The Dying Airman'. The Australian bush poem/ ballad, 'The Dying Stockman' is based on this as well. See more »


When the Japanese are firing their machine gun at the patrol it is quite clearly a British Bren gun with the characteristic vertical curved top loading 30 round magazine. The Japanese had MGs with short horizontal stiffer bullet clips that fed in from the side. See more »


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
Performed by the cast
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A moving account of jungle warfare
16 March 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Rarely does a movie transform from the stage to the screen successfully. The Long and the Short and the Tall is one of few exceptions. A harrowing and moving story of how a group of British soldiers find themselves engaged in combat with the enemy in the Burmese jungle. Not only does the imagery capture the intense feeling of fear engaging the soldiers as they realise the enemy forces are aware of their existence, it also takes the viewer into the minds and exposes the smell of death as it envelopes the humid moment of combat. Well worth watching. One of the best war movies ever made with an all star British cast delivering a perfect script.

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