Objective Burma!

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Time Out says

A classic Hollywood platoon movie (from a story by Alvah Bessie), with Flynn and his men parachuting into Burma to wipe out a key Japanese radio station. The taut action, sparse dialogue, and faultless technique keep things moving so fast that there's no time to reflect upon the morality of war or the miraculous way in which Flynn and his men survive against such overwhelming odds. Very much in the time-honoured 'war is hell' tradition, with plenty of gritty detail but the implicit suggestion that those who survive such carnage are somehow ennobled by it. Prickly reading of the film as suggesting that Errol Flynn and the Americans won the Burma Campaign single-handed provoked a massive outburst of popular and critical vilification when the film was first released in this country, and following a full-scale diplomatic incident the distributor kept it under wraps until 1952.
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Release details

UK release:

1944

Duration:

142 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Cast:

Henry Hull, George Tobias, James Brown, William Prince, Errol Flynn, Warner Anderson

Music:

Franz Waxman

Art Director:

Ted Smith

Editor:

George Amy

Cinematography:

James Wong Howe

Screenwriter:

Lester Cole, Ranald MacDougall

Producer:

Jerry Wald

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