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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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HIS PEAK OF ADVENTURE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Adventure | Drama | War | Action

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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

When the Avro Anson touches down on the dirt runway near the end of the film, it makes screeching sounds as per a hard surface. 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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The Purple Plain
5 June 2006 | by roy-buswellSee all my reviews

I suppose the reason why I loved the film so much was that I was actually watching the film being made in Sigaria in Ceylon (Now Sri Lanka). I was part of an RAF Police team from RAF Columbo called to investigate the theft of some property from the set of the film. The visit also gave me the opportunity to actually have breakfast with Grgory Peck before the days shooting. I was astounded by the amount of detail that went into the making of the film, and the amount of responsibility put upon Jean, the continuity girl. Gregory Peck was a perfect gentleman, and I was so proud to actually be introduced to him by Brummie Benson, an RAF extra on the film set. To me, the film depicted courage at it's best, and as said by a previous critic , a simple story, with no over blown heroics,a good and believable cast, and a most enjoyable though somewhat predictable conclusion. But, NO bad language..... It's a pity more films of today cannot follow the same pattern. In all a very good example of the Royal Air Force at it's humble best, and a credit to the J.Arthur Rank Studios for its production


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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