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The Purple Plain (1954)

In WW2 Burma, a Canadian bomber pilot becomes reckless after losing his bride in a Luftwaffe air-raid.

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

H.E. Bates (novel), Eric Ambler (screenplay)
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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Squadron Leader Bill Forrester
Win Min Than ... Anna
Brenda de Banzie ... Miss McNab (as Brenda De Banzie)
Bernard Lee ... Dr. Harris
Maurice Denham ... Blore
Lyndon Brook ... Carrington
Anthony Bushell ... Group Captain Aldridge
Josephine Griffin ... Mrs. Bill Forrester
Ram Gopal Ram Gopal ... Mr. Phang
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Storyline

After losing his bride in a Luftwaffe air raid, bomber pilot Forrester becomes a solitary killing machine, who doesn't care whether he dies. The reckless Canadian pilot is both admired and feared by the rest of his squadron in World War II Burma. The squadron physician is assigned to determine the embittered Bill Forrester's fitness for duty. To break through the nightmare-haunted man's wall of silence, the physician drives Forrester to visit an outpost of English-speaking refugees, which includes an alluring young Burmese woman. Written by David Stevens

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...The Mightiest Adventure Between Heaven and Earth! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War | Action

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1954 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

La flamme pourpre See more »

Filming Locations:

Elephant Pass, Sri Lanka See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Several locations in Sri Lanka used for this film would later be used in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). See more »

Goofs

The markings on the small model aircraft used in the crash scenes are different to the markings on the larger mock-up crashed aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Harris: They can't buy food. They came here stripped of everything. All the way from Rangoon. Can you imagine what it must have been like? Hundreds of miles. I don't know how any of them got through alive.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: BURMA 1945 See more »

Soundtracks

Onward Christian Soldiers
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan and lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
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Wonderful human interaction and drama piece.
4 April 2002 | by mscott81See all my reviews

Peck's third best movie. The supporting actors did flesh out the tension and struggle. The story line can be easily followed. The decisions made during the movie are predictable, but the realization that it is life and death struggle overwhelms the predictability.


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