Cut off by the Japanese advance into Burma, Captain Langford (Stanley Baker) and his exhausted British troops take over an enemy-held jungle village. Despite the protests of an elderly padre ('Guy Rolfe (I)') and of war correspondent Max Anderson (Leo McKern), Langford orders Sergeant McKenzie (Gordon Jackson) to shoot two innocent villagers, thereby "persuading" a Japanese informer to surrender vital information. When the Japanese recapture the village, their commander uses Langford's own desperate war-born tactics in a similar effort to extract information from the British.Written by
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There is no 'The End' at the end of the film. The camera merely pans away from a memorial which reads 'WHEN YOU GO HOME TELL THEM OF US AND SAY- FOR THEIR TOMORROW WE GAVE OUR TODAY'; and silence, but with just birds singing. See more »
War for all those that do not glorify it is true hell.
This movie is a document to the above statement;
it feels like you are watching a play in a jungle
the acting is superb
the story tackles moral questions that nowadays dont seem to concern anybodyth
about the hypocrisy and the utter futility of war,
the fact that the action scenes are very old fashioned makes no difference to the superior quality of this production
a must see for all those that want a first hand view into this hypocrisy and futility
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