The Purple Plain

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"ADVENTURE! ...With the sky as its canopy and Burma's"
  • NR
  • 1954
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 6.5  (2,422)

The Purple Plain is a 1954 war drama film directed by Robert Parrish and starring Gregory Peck, Bernard Lee, and Win Min Than. The film is set in Burma during World War II and tells the story of a Canadian pilot, Squadron Leader Bill Forrester (Gregory Peck), who is suffering from depression and survivor's guilt after losing his crew in a plane crash. He is tasked with leading a mission to destroy a Japanese radio station in the remote Burmese jungle.

The film begins with Forrester arriving at a Royal Air Force base in Burma and meeting his new colleagues, Flight Lieutenant Blore (Bernard Lee) and Pilot Officer Scott (Maurice Denham). Forrester is haunted by the memory of his lost crew and struggles to connect with his new companions. He also becomes close to Anna (Win Min Than), a Burmese woman who is working as a nurse at the base.

Despite his emotional turmoil, Forrester agrees to lead the mission to destroy the radio station. The journey is treacherous, and the group faces many challenges along the way, including navigating through dense jungle, avoiding enemy forces, and dealing with their own personal demons. The film explores the psychological toll of war on the soldiers and their relationships with one another.

Through his interactions with Blore, Scott, and Anna, Forrester learns to overcome his survivor's guilt and live in the present. He also gains a new perspective on the war and the people affected by it, including the Burmese civilians who are caught in the crossfire.

The Purple Plain is a beautifully shot film, with stunning landscapes and action sequences that capture the chaos and danger of war. The performances are also top-notch, with Gregory Peck delivering a nuanced portrayal of a troubled pilot grappling with the trauma of war. Bernard Lee and Win Min Than also give standout performances, portraying characters with their own unique struggles and perspectives.

Overall, The Purple Plain is a moving and thought-provoking film that explores the complexities of war and its impact on the human psyche. It is a must-see for fans of war dramas and classic cinema.

The Purple Plain is a 1954 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5.

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    1 hr 41 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (2,422)