A Town Like Alice

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This adaptation of Nevil Shute's best-seller looks dated now that the cinema is rather less reticent in depicting wartime brutalities. Needless to say, it's stiff upper-lips and Japanese stereotypes all round as a group of female PoWs suffer at the hands of their captors. The US release title, The Rape of Malaya, was more explicit than the movie itself, and the bogus sets don't help much either. BBC TV's long-running series Tenko capitalised on the same formula.

By: TJ

Release details

Duration: 117 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jack Lee
Screenwriter: WP Lipscomb, Richard Mason
Cast: Virginia McKenna
Peter Finch
Marie Lohr
Maureen Swanson
Jean Anderson
Renee Houston
Nora Nicholson
Geoffrey Keen
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