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The Camp on Blood Island (1958)

Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 11 June 1958 (USA)
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Deep in Malaya, as World War II is rapidly coming to an end, men, women and children, trapped by the Japanese invasion, are held captive in the Blood Island prison camp. Knowing that ... See full summary »

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Val Guest

Writers:

Jon Manchip White (screenplay), Val Guest (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
André Morell ... Lambert (as Andre Morell)
Carl Möhner ... 'Dutch' (as Carl Mohner)
Walter Fitzgerald ... Beattie
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Dawes
Phil Brown ... Bellamy
Barbara Shelley ... Kate
Michael Goodliffe ... Anjou
Michael Gwynn ... Shields
Ronald Radd ... Yamamitsu
Marne Maitland ... Sakamura
Wolfe Morris ... Interpreter
Richard Wordsworth ... Keiller
Mary Merrall ... Helen
Michael Ripper ... Driver
Edwin Richfield ... Sergeant
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Deep in Malaya, as World War II is rapidly coming to an end, men, women and children, trapped by the Japanese invasion, are held captive in the Blood Island prison camp. Knowing that Yamamitsu, the sadistic commandant, will murder them all when he learns of his country's defeat, Dutch, a Dutch planter, smashes the camp radio. British officer Lambert and, in the women's prison, the recently-widowed Kate, join Dutch in arming the prisoners. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Authenticated by the very few who survived the massacre in... See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Mary Merrall (Helen Beattie) was born in 1890. See more »

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Col. Lambert: I've no use for shirkers and there's no room for self-pity here.
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"This is not just a story - it is based on a brutal truth." See more »

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Followed by The Secret of Blood Island (1965) See more »

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"Based on the Brutal Truth..."
31 August 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

In austere black & white 'scope Hammer Films demonstrated how much nastier than the most lurid horror film in colour a realistic war film could be. Despite the presence of familiar faces like Marne Maitland, Ronald Radd & Lee Montague under heavy 'Japanese' makeup that renders it slightly comical sixty years later, it neverthleless still packs a punch wholly lacking in 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'. (The plot device that the news of Japan's surrender has to be kept from the commandant or he will kill all the prisoners is an ingenious one; although one would have thought that channels existed through which the news would have reached him other than just one defective radio receiver.)

In place of Sessue Hayakawa's noble commandant in Lean's film, the Japanese are here portrayed as utter, brutalised sadists (with their own men as well as the prisoners), which caused controversy when this film originally came out but didn't hurt it at the box office.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

11 June 1958 (USA) See more »

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Den siste motstand See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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