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The Purple Plain

  • Drama
  • 1954
  • Robert Parrish
  • 97 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second World War drama starring Gregory Peck as Squadron Leader Forrester, an RAF pilot whose wife is killed on their wedding night during an air raid. Several years later, Forrester is still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy when his plane crashes in the Burmese jungle, leaving the pilot and his crew at the mercy of the occupying Japanese forces.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Squadron Leader ForresterGregory Peck
AnnaWin Min Than
Dr HarrisBernard Lee
BloreMaurice Denham
Miss McNabBrenda de Banzie
Mr PhangRam Gopal
CarringtonLyndon Brook
Commander AldridgeAnthony Bushell
Sergeant BrownJack McNaughton
Navigator WilliamsHarold Siddons

Crew

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DirectorRobert Parrish

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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