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Rent Objective Burma! (1945)

3.7 of 5 from 54 ratings
2h 15min
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Mission accomplished! Errol Flynn, who brought boyish bravado to The Adventures of Robin Hood, Dodge City, Gentleman Jim and other screen yarns, turns in a mature, acclaimed performance as the leader of a paratrooper patrol stranded in Burma. 'It's one of the few features of which I am proud' Flynn later said. Raoul Walsh directs the hard-hitting action, shot in rugged California locations so similar to Burma that veterans of that campaign refused to believe the crew hadn't somehow sneaked into Asia.
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Narrated By:
Truman Bradley
Ranald MacDougall, Lester Cole
Alvah Bessie, Franz Waxman, George Amy
Objective, Burma!
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
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135 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Arabic, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Romanian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • 2 classic Warner Bros, wartime shorts, 1941's The Tanks are Coming with George Tobias, Richard Travis and Gig Young and 1943's The Rear Gunner with Burgess Meredith and Ronald Reagan
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Burma Campaign. - Objective Burma! review by Steve

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This is the only major Hollywood film about the war in Burma made during WWII. It follows a platoon of paratroopers dropped into the jungle to blow up a Japanese radar station, which they achieve with little difficulty. But, when they fail to be met by air support, they must walk to their base through hundreds of miles of hazardous and unfamiliar terrain. The jungle becomes their enemy as much as the Japanese.

The film begins with documentary style realism and focuses on the logistics of running the audacious operation. The ensemble cast of diverse Americans is unfamiliar for a major studio film. The leader of the group is played by Errol Flynn, who gives a commanding, moving performance. The latter part of the story deals with their formidable escape. As their ordeal becomes increasingly forlorn and arduous, their endurance becomes epic.

It's a stirring film, brilliantly photographed (James Wong Howe) and scored (Franz Waxman). Walsh directs with his typical laconic toughness. There is an impression that the American attitude to the Japanese has hardened even more since Pearl Harbour. When the US soldiers encounter the butchery of the Japanese torture of POWs we are confronted by the real horror of war. And so we become even more inspired by the men's cause.  

Operation Burma! became infamous for its impact in the UK, where it was accused of overlooking the British efforts in Burma, and was withdrawn. I don't think this is fair. Hollywood was telling one story of its own soldiers. Other stories would be told. It is a film about the heroism of a group of ordinary men who were dropped into a jungle wilderness and abandoned by their own side, but somehow survived. It's a relentless, inspirational war film

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