The Purple Plain

The Purple Plain

Robert Parrish (1954)

PG Certificate


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In this romantic adventure, Gregory Peck plays the Canadian Second World War pilot, haunted by the death of his wife, who regains his confidence via a love affair and a bungled combat mission in Burma. Adapted by Eric Ambler from the novel by HE Bates, this is quite a classy production, directed by Robert Parrish, impressively shot by Geoffrey Unsworth in the jungles of what was then Ceylon and produced by John Bryan, who was David Lean's gifted art director on Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. At times the picture anticipates Lean's own Bridge on the River Kwai, shot in Ceylon a few years later.


A Canadian squadron leader's increasingly strange behaviour begins to worry the officers of an RAF station deep in the Burmese jungle. There is further concern when the unstable pilot crashes his plane miles from the base, forcing him to make an exhausting trek back to safety. Second World War drama, starring Gregory Peck, Bernard Lee, Brenda de Banzi and Maurice Denham.

Cast & Crew

Squadron Leader Bill Forrester Gregory Peck
Dr Harris Bernard Lee
Miss McNab Brenda de Banzi
Blore Maurice Denham
Anna Win Min Than
Carrington Lyndon Brook
Col Aldridge Anthony Bushell
Mrs Bill Forrester Josephine Griffin
Mr Phang Ram Gopal
Director Robert Parrish
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: DVD