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Time Out says

Interesting but flawed adaptation of James Clavell's novel about a Japanese POW camp in Singapore towards the end of World War II. Taking a leaf out of Billy Wilder's Stalag 17, it similarly sets out to demonstrate that survival was the name of the game (with Segal taking the William Holden role as the cynical collaborator/fixer-upper), but goes a stage further to delete all notions of heroism. The trouble is that the script gets lost between too many options, setting up a number of character conflicts but taking them nowhere much. Effective performances and camera-work (Burnett Guffey), but Forbes directs with his usual lapses into overstatement.
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Release Details

  • Duration:134 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Bryan Forbes
  • Screenwriter:Bryan Forbes
  • Cast:
    • George Segal
    • Tom Courtenay
    • James Fox
    • Denholm Elliott
    • Todd Armstrong
    • Patrick O'Neal
    • James Donald
    • John Mills
    • Alan Webb
    • Leonard Rossiter
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