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Jungle Fighters (1961)

The Long and the Short and the Tall (original title)
Approved | | War, Drama | 17 February 1961 (UK)
In 1942, a group of British soldiers is sent on a mission in the Malaysian jungle and gets lost into the Japanese controlled zone.

Director:

Leslie Norman

Writers:

Willis Hall (play), Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Todd ... Sgt. Mitchem
Richard Harris ... Cpl. Johnstone
Ronald Fraser ... L / Cpl. Macleish
David McCallum ... Pte. Whitaker
John Meillon ... Pte. Smith
John Rees John Rees ... Pte. Evans
Kenji Takaki Kenji Takaki ... Tojo
Laurence Harvey ... Pte. Bamforth
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Storyline

A troop of British soldiers are out in the jungle to record jungle noises and troop noises in the jungle so that the recordings can be played back by other troops to divert the enemy to their whereabouts. As they progress to what they think is closer to the base camp they find themselves farther and farther from radio range until the only channel they can get clearly is that of a Japanese broadcast. They now realize they are probably only 10 to 15 miles from a Japanese camp! The tension is added to by rowdy and openly admitted "non-hero" Private Bamforth who has nothing good to say about anyone and especially Corporal Johnstone (who holds an equal dislike for Bamforth). When a Japanese soldier is taken as their prisoner, the true colors of each man comes to the surface ... Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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Raw emotions bared !

Genres:

War | Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

17 February 1961 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jungle Fighters See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kenji Takaki was the only actor to survive from the London stage production. See more »

Goofs

When the Japanese are firing their machine gun at the patrol it is quite clearly a British Bren gun with the characteristic vertical curved top loading 30 round magazine. The Japanese had MGs with short horizontal stiffer bullet clips that fed in from the side. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. 'Bammo' Bamforth: [to Macleish] I hope they carve your brother up... I hope they carve your bloody brother up!
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Soundtracks

Bless 'Em All
(uncredited)
Written by Fred Godfrey, Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake
Performed by the cast
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A well-acted war-drama
17 September 2010 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This war-drama was adapted from the stage. To be fair, this is not surprising, seeing as the film is very dialogue heavy with characters standing around delivering lines to each other. Each of the soldiers plays a specific role, which allows the writers to dramatize various issues. It's an anti-war movie at heart and one of the central themes is how prisoners of war are dealt with. The story itself has a group of British soldiers somewhere in the Burmese jungle surrounded by the Japanese enemy. They end up capturing an enemy soldier and this leads to different types of disharmony amongst the men in how they should treat this man. Over and above this though there is a lot of friction between the troops anyhow, as they are not a happy unit in the first place.

I wouldn't say the film is particularly believable to be perfectly honest. It seems highly unlikely that men in the midst of the vicious conflict in the Far East would ever be this philosophical about the civil liberties of an enemy soldier. However, if you suspend your disbelief, you will be rewarded as it's a well written and acted film. For a war movie there is very little action, only at the end is there really any combat. It's essentially a drama set around a combat unit. Its well worth seeking out as it seems to be a fairly obscure film. However, it's well worth your time, especially if you are a fan of older war movies.


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