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The Purple Heart (1944)

Passed | | Drama, History, War | 23 February 1944 (USA)
This is the story of the crew of a downed bomber, captured after a run over Tokyo, early in the war. Relates the hardships the men endure while in captivity, and their final humiliation: ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Jerome Cady (screenplay), Darryl F. Zanuck (story) (as Melville Crossman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Capt. Harvey Ross
Richard Conte ... Lt. Angelo Canelli
Farley Granger ... Sgt. Howard Clinton
Kevin O'Shea Kevin O'Shea ... Sgt. Jan Skvoznik
Don 'Red' Barry ... Lt. Peter Vincent (as Donald Barry)
Trudy Marshall ... Mrs. Ross
Sam Levene ... Lt. Wayne Greenbaum
Charles Russell ... Lt. Kenneth Bayforth
John Craven ... Sgt. Martin Stoner
Tala Birell ... Johanna Hartwig - Berlin News Correspondent
Richard Loo ... General Ito Mitsubi
Peter Chong Peter Chong ... Mitsuru Toyama
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Storyline

This is the story of the crew of a downed bomber, captured after a run over Tokyo, early in the war. Relates the hardships the men endure while in captivity, and their final humiliation: being tried and convicted as war criminals. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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AN EPIC SAGA OF RAW COURAGE! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Cactus Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - April 22, 1945- all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This film is based on the true story of eight crewmen of a US bomber that took part in the "Doolittle Raid" on Tokyo on April 18, 1942. The crewmen were Lt. Robert Hite, Lt. William G. Farrow, Lt. George Barr, Sgt. Harold A. Spatz, Cpl. Jacob De Shazer, Cpl. Dean Hallmark, Cpl. Robert Meder and Cpl. Chase Nielsen. See more »

Goofs

The son of the Chinese Governor bows to the American aviators to return the honor they gave him. But the Chinese don't bow in this fashion. It is the Japanese who bow to show respect. So a Chinese man would never use this to show respect. Since it would align himself with Japanese custom. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: "Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the purple heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen." - Geo. Washington, General and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, Aug. 7 1782
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Connections

Featured in Frances Farmer Presents: The Purple Heart (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
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What would you do in their shoes?
9 November 1999 | by Pat-159See all my reviews

This is a beautiful movie. The story is about what happens to the captured crew of an American Army Air Corps bomber in Japan during WWII.

The performances of the actors are excellent and deeply felt (remember that it was filmed during the war). Once you have watched the first 30 minutes, you must stay to learn their fate at the hands of the Japanese.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

23 February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Purple Heart See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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