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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.




Credited cast:
Michael Aitkens Michael Aitkens ... Maj. R.M. Ingleton
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Lt. Cmdr. Hubert Marsham
Craig Ballard Craig Ballard ... Lt. B. Raymond
James Belton James Belton ... Lt. H.R. Ross
Steve Bisley ... A.B. W.G. Falls
Tony Bonner ... Lt. W.G. Carey
Alan Cassell Alan Cassell ... Lt. Ted Carse
Warren Coleman Warren Coleman ... Leading Seaman K.P. Cain
Diane Craig Diane Craig ... Mrs. Page
Slim DeGrey Slim DeGrey ... Leading Stoker J.P. McDowell
George Duff George Duff ... Cpl. A.G. Campbell
Tim Elston Tim Elston ... Sgt. D.P. Gooley
Takuya Fujioka Takuya Fujioka ... Matsumoto
Ken Goodlet Ken Goodlet ... Bill Reynolds
John Griffiths John Griffiths ... Sgt. C.B. Cameron


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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War | Drama


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Japan | Australia



Release Date:

1 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Southern Cross See more »

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1.85 : 1
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This film's closing epilogue reads: "The ten Rimau prisoners, executed on July 7th, 1945, one month before the war ended, are today buried in the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore." See more »

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Outstanding film
21 January 2006 | by odannySee all my reviews

Some war movies succeed where others do not, and that can be judged from a variety of angles. The humanistic angle, one where you can feel the raw emotions (the terror of being under attack, the camaraderie amongst soldiers, the arduous trials people face inside them when in combat, etc..) are always movies I find compelling. Movies like Das Boot and A Midnight Clear are but two examples of movies that you sense a connection to the characters in the film.

This film succeeds on that level as well. It speaks of "The Highest Honor" and that honor is doing the right thing. These 23 soldiers did the right thing, they had honor and it is recognized in a way wholly incompatible with Western thought, but it is, to the very end, a true story of honor. Unforgettable movie. Based on the true story.

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