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During WW2, the American OSS mounts covert operations with the native Kachin against the Japanese army in the jungles of Burma.

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Capt. Tom Reynolds
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Carla Vesari
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Capt. Grey Travis
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Bill Ringa
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Capt. Danny De Mortimer
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Nikko Regas
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Gen. Sloan
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Sgt. Jim Norby
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Sgt. John Danforth
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Nautaung
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Col. Fred Parkson
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Margaret Fitch
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Col. Reed
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Capt. Alofson - Psychiatrist
Richard Lupino ...
Mike Island
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Billingsly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Amargo ...
Scout (uncredited)
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Soldier in Helicopter (uncredited)
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Pilot (uncredited)
Chatu Singh Bedi ...
Pedestrian (uncredited)
John Bryant ...
General Sloan's Aide (uncredited)
Eugene Chan ...
Scout (uncredited)
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Merchant (uncredited)
W.T. Chang ...
Elderly Chinese (uncredited)
Kei Thin Chung ...
Boat Driver (uncredited)
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Shan Girl (uncredited)
Jim Cronin ...
Sergeant (uncredited)
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Secretary (uncredited)
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Colonel Dr. Barry (uncredited)
Paul Fierro ...
Hindu Noble (uncredited)
Harold Fong ...
Chinese Peasant (uncredited)
Martin Fong ...
Scout (uncredited)
Bhupesh Guha ...
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
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General Chao (uncredited)
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Scout (uncredited)
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Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Clifford Kawada ...
Japanese Officer (uncredited)
George Khoury ...
Headwaiter (uncredited)
Robert Kino ...
La-Bung La (uncredited)
Joe La Bate ...
Bellboy (uncredited)
Guy Lee ...
Bye Ya (uncredited)
Jay Lee ...
Chinese War Lord (uncredited)
Allan Liu ...
Scout (uncredited)
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Laurel (uncredited)
Clarence Lung ...
Scout (uncredited)
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Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
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Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Peter Miller ...
Cargo Man (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ...
Scout (uncredited)
Bong Nam ...
Kachin Scout (uncredited)
Leo Needham ...
Pilot (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
James Shen ...
Chinese Soldier (uncredited)
Reginald Lal Singh ...
Major Domo (uncredited)
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MP Officer #1 (uncredited)
Roy Taguchi ...
Japanese Officer (uncredited)
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Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
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Head Nurse (uncredited)
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Eurasian Girl (uncredited)
Lawrence Ung ...
Chinese Lieutenant (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Sturges

Written by

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Millard Kaufman ... (screenplay)
 
Tom T. Chamales ... (novel)

Produced by

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Edmund Grainger ... producer

Music by

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Hugo Friedhofer

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William H. Daniels ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ferris Webster

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Charles K. Hagedon ... color consultant

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Addison Hehr
Hans Peters

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Henry Grace ... (set decorations)
Richard Pefferle ... (set decorations)

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist
William Tuttle ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Robert E. Relyea ... assistant director
Hank Moonjean ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Franklin Milton ... recording supervisor

Special Effects by

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Robert R. Hoag ... special effects
Lee LeBlanc ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Cliff Shirpser ... effects camera operator (uncredited)

Stunts

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Roy Jenson ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Al Lane ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Helen Rose ... gowns: Gina Lollobrigida

Music Department

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Charles Wolcott ... conductor
Robert Franklyn ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gil Grau ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Pete Jolly ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury ... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Captain Tom Reynolds and his band of skilled OSS operatives are in WWII Burma to arm and train the Kachin natives. But jungle combat, particularly against a Japanese army as familiar with the terrain as the Kachin, is hazardous. Some respite is found during leaves in the arms of beautiful gold digger Carla, but after Chinese raiders cross the border to loot and murder American soldiers, Reynolds abandons all notions of "military protocol" and seeks requital. Written by Chris Stone

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Taglines Seven Men The World Had Forgotten And A Woman No One Could Forget! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Campaign Burma (United States)
  • Sacred and Profane (United States)
  • La proie des vautours (France)
  • Wenn das Blut kocht (Germany)
  • Cuando hierve la sangre (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 125 min
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Budget $3,480,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Steve McQueen's role was originally going to be played by Sammy Davis Jr.. A feud had broken out between Davis and Frank Sinatra after Davis had claimed in a radio interview that he was a greater singer than Sinatra. Sinatra demanded he be dropped from the cast, and McQueen got the part. See more »
Goofs At the beginning of this WWII film, supplies are parachuted to the troops. On several of the boxes, USAF was stenciled on the boxes. The United States Air Force was not named until 1947 and the stencil should have read USAAF (United States Army Air Force). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Steve McQueen: The King of Cool (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Burmese Fanfare See more »
Quotes Capt. Tom Reynolds: You know, the movies have got it all wrong, a cigarette tastes lousy when you're wounded.
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