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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
Laurence Harvey ... Pte. Bamforth
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
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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

Certificate:

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

This was granted an X certificate when it was initially released, mainly due to the harshness of its language. The word "bastard" is uttered several times throughout the film. See more »

Goofs

In the hut the soldiers' clothes become dry very quickly. Even when Laurence Harvey is wringing his shirt to get the water out, the rest of his clothes are dry. In the jungle during the rainy season, clothes would take hours if not days to dry out. 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 fine, underrated war movie
28 March 2005 | by df48See all my reviews

An excellent character study of the effects of war on a small British patrol in the Burmese jungle during WWII. Things heat up when they capture a Japanese soldier and then find themselves pinned down by enemy troops. Sets are stagy but it's the acting and writing that carry this story. An all star British cast lead by Lawrence Harvey and Richard Todd are first rate.Todd is the no nonsense leader trying to get his men out of a potentially deadly situation. Harvey plays a hard case enlisted man whose fundamental decency gives the movie it's moral force. A young David McCallum (Man From UNCLE) plays a spineless radio operator in what must be his first role.And to top it off a theme song to rival the Bridge on the River Kwai. All in all a movie that should saved from obscurity because it's so good.


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