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The Highest Honor (1982)

 -  War | Drama  -  1984 (USA)
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The true story of a daring raid on Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour by Australian and British troops during WWII.

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Credited cast:
Michael Aitkens ...
Maj. R.M. Ingleton
Vincent Ball ...
Lt. Cmdr. Hubert Marsham
Craig Ballard ...
Lt. B. Raymond
James Belton ...
Lt. H.R. Ross
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A.B. W.G. Falls
Tony Bonner ...
Lt. W.G. Carey
Alan Cassell ...
Lt. Ted Carse
Warren Coleman ...
Leading Seaman K.P. Cain
Diane Craig ...
Mrs. Page
Slim DeGrey ...
Leading Stoker J.P. McDowell
George Duff ...
Cpl. A.G. Campbell
Tim Elston ...
Sgt. D.P. Gooley
Takuya Fujioka ...
Matsumoto
Ken Goodlet ...
Bill Reynolds
John Griffiths ...
Sgt. C.B. Cameron
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On 11 September 1944, a squad of 23 Australian and British soldiers lead by Lieutanant-Colonel Ivan Lyon leave Fremantle bound for Indonesia as part of Operation Rimau, an attempted repeat of the highly-successful Operation Jaywick the previous year in which nearly sixty ships in Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour were destroyed. Written by Alexander Lum

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This film is based on two WW II missions: Operation Jaywick and Operation Rimau. The latter was an Allied mission of Z Special Force and was similar to Operation Jaywick which had been undertaken one year earlier in September 1943. Operation Rimau's aim was to blow-up Japanese ships with limpet mines in Singapore Harbour. The word Rimau is from the Malay language where it means "tiger". The mission was called this because LTC Ivan Lyon of the earlier Z Force mission Operation Jaywick had a tiger tattooed on his chest. See more »

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"Breaker Morant" meets "Dead Man Walking"
27 April 1999 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

It's been so long since I've seen this movie (at least 15 years) and yet it still haunts me with a vivid image of the horrific consequences that prisoners of war can face despite the terms of the Geneva Convention.

A unit of Australian underwater demolitions experts are captured in an archipelago near Japan following a successful mission to set mines in a Japanese harbor.

Once in prison these men expect the same treatment as any other POWs but to their dismay soon learn from a friendly Japanese prison guard that they are being tried as spies since they were out of uniform when captured. The consequences of such an infraction, by Japanese martial code, is execution by beheading.

Despite their pleas, and the pleas of the sympathetic prison guard, the day of reckoning approaches like a ticking time bomb. The tension is so high you will actually hear the ticking, though it may just be your chest pounding with the percussion of a marching execution squad.

The ending is actually too painful to reenact in my head much less write it here. But I can promise you-- you'll never forget it. Good luck finding the video in the U.S.


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