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The Highest Honor (1982)

R | | War, Drama | 1 January 1984 (USA)
The true story of a daring raid on Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour by Australian and British troops during WWII.


Lee Robinson, Katsuya Susaki (Japanese dialogue) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Howard ... Capt. R.C. Page
Atsuo Nakamura Atsuo Nakamura ... Minoru Tamiya
Stuart Wilson ... Lt. Gen. Ivan Lyon
Steve Bisley ... A.B. W.G. Falls
Michael Aitkens Michael Aitkens ... Maj. R.M. Ingleton
George Mallaby George Mallaby ... Lt. Cmdr. Don Davidson
Tony Bonner ... Lt. W.G. Carey
John Ley ... Lt. A.I. Sargent
Harold Hopkins ... Cpl. C.M. Stewart
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Cpl. R.B. Fletcher
Tim Elston Tim Elston ... Sgt. D.P. Gooley
Neil Redfern Neil Redfern ... WO2 A. Warren
Michael Harrs Michael Harrs ... LCpl. J.T. Hardy
Ken Goodlet Ken Goodlet ... Bill Reynolds
Hôsei Komatsu ... Yabe


On 11 September 1944, a squad of 23 Australian and British soldiers lead by Lieutanant-Colonel Ivan Lyon leave Fremantle bound for Indonesia as part of Operation Rimau, an attempted repeat of the highly-successful Operation Jaywick the previous year in which nearly sixty ships in Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour were destroyed. Written by Alexander Lum

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Did You Know?


This film is based on WW II's Operation Rimau. The word Rimau is from the Malay language where it means "tiger". The mission was called this because LTC Ivan Lyon of the earlier Z Force mission Operation Jaywick had a tiger tattooed on his chest. See more »


in the attack on the ships in Singapore harbor, mines are placed below the waterline, however the explosions come from the upper decks, when they should come below the water. See more »

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Well - could have been a good movie.
27 January 2007 | by ml2348See all my reviews

There is one big, big lesson EVERY warrior needs to learn before doing battle - never, as in NEVER - volunteer information. John Howard's big mouth got them all killed. It freaked me out that he would volunteer anything to the enemy - the truth will NOT set you free. Up until his faux paux - it had the making of a good movie. Showing both sides of the coin was good & incisive. But - the ultimate deterioration of this movie came when Howard admits everything - as if a "confession" will help matters. If it weren't for that stupidity - it would have been a good movie. At best - I can only stomach parts of this movie - and stop at the dumb part. WHat else can I say - he cooked his own goose & his team mates with him. The guy i dumber than dirt - if that's at all possible. Care to talk - I'm at ml2348@att.com

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1 January 1984 (USA) See more »

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