A Town Like Alice

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"A tale of survival."
  • NR
  • 1956
  • 1 hr 56 min
  • 7.2  (1,867)

A Town Like Alice is a 1956 British movie based on the novel of the same name, written by Nevil Shute. It is a story about courage, endurance, and love. The movie takes place during World War II and is set in Malaysia and Australia. The movie revolves around Jean Paget, portrayed by Virginia McKenna, a young British woman who is taken captive by the Japanese during the war. Along with other women and children, she is forced to march through the jungles of Malaysia for months. During the march, many of the prisoners die due to sickness, exhaustion, and harsh treatment by the Japanese guards.

Jean's spirit, however, remains unbroken, and she proves to be a source of inspiration for the other women. She gains the respect of the Japanese guards and becomes a leader among the prisoners. Her perseverance and courage become instrumental in their survival.

At one point, Jean meets Joe Harman, played by Peter Finch, an Australian prisoner of war. Joe helps the women by stealing food and medicine from the Japanese soldiers. As Jean and Joe develop a strong bond, the Japanese discover his actions, and they execute him. Jean is heartbroken by his death.

After the war, Jean returns to England, where she learns that Joe has left her a considerable sum of money. She decides to use the money to help a small town in Australia that Joe had spoken highly of. The town, called Willstown, had no water supply or infrastructure, and the people were struggling to survive.

Jean goes to Willstown and uses Joe's money to build a well and transform the town. She becomes a hero to the people of Willstown who had never seen such kindness and generosity. While in Willstown, she meets a local man named Noel Strachan, played by Kenji Takaki. They fall in love, but Noel's family disapproves of their relationship due to Jean's past experiences with the Japanese.

As Jean continues to help the people of Willstown, she becomes determined to make the town a place where everyone can live with dignity and self-respect. She takes on challenges such as overcoming the prejudice and racism of some of the townspeople's attitudes towards her and trying to start a special relationship with Noel. The townspeople eventually accept her and also recognize her as a leader and a friend.

The movie is a compelling tale of the resilience and fortitude of the human spirit. It shows that even in the darkest times, people can find hope and strength in themselves and others. Virginia McKenna gives an outstanding performance as Jean Paget, a woman who refuses to give up and who never loses her faith in the goodness of others. Peter Finch's portrayal of Joe Harman is equally compelling, and his character's selflessness and bravery are inspirations to us all.

In conclusion, A Town Like Alice is a heartwarming, inspiring, and emotionally charged movie that highlights the power of love and the indomitable spirit of human beings. It is a must-see movie for anyone who enjoys a well-crafted, engaging tale of courage and perseverance in the face of adversity.

A Town Like Alice is a 1956 war movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 56 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

A Town Like Alice
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    7.2  (1,867)