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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 !

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War | Drama

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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

Ronald Fraser repeated his role from the West End production. 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

Hi-Jig-A-Jig
(uncredited)
Written by Harold Box, Desmond Cox and Lou Preager
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A moving account of jungle warfare
16 March 2003 | by jfdpattisonSee all my reviews

Rarely does a movie transform from the stage to the screen successfully. The Long and the Short and the Tall is one of few exceptions. A harrowing and moving story of how a group of British soldiers find themselves engaged in combat with the enemy in the Burmese jungle. Not only does the imagery capture the intense feeling of fear engaging the soldiers as they realise the enemy forces are aware of their existence, it also takes the viewer into the minds and exposes the smell of death as it envelopes the humid moment of combat. Well worth watching. One of the best war movies ever made with an all star British cast delivering a perfect script.


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