The Purple Plain

The Purple Plain

Director: Robert Parrish Cast: Gregory Peck, Win Min Than, Bernard Lee

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An H.E. Bates novel was the source for this psychological wartime drama set in Burma. Canadian pilot Gregory Peck and two comrades-in-arms crash in the Burmese wilds. The three men are forced to hack and crawl their way to safety, surrounded on all sides by the Japanese. Peck's subordinates don't completely trust their leader, and not without reason: Peck's nerves have been at the breaking point for months, and this experience may send him around the bend. But the ordeal strengthens Peck's psyche. Despite its American star, director and distributor (United Artists), The Purple Plain is a British production; thanks to its top-drawer production values and evocative color photography by Geoffrey Unsworth, the film brought in customers on both sides of the big pond.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2014
UPC: 0883904304500
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm Mod
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 28,867

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Forrester
Win Min Than Anna
Bernard Lee Dr. Harris
Maurice Denham Blore
Lyndon Brook Carrington
Ram Gopal Mr. Phang
Brenda de Banzie Miss McNab
Anthony Bushell Cmdr. Aldridge
Jack McNaughton Sgt. Brown
Harold Siddons Navigator Williams
Peter Arne Flight Lieutenant
Josephine Griffin Mrs. Forrester
Lane Meddick Radio Operator
John A. Tinn Burmese Jeweler
Dorothy Alison Nurse

Technical Credits
Robert Parrish Director
Eric Ambler Screenwriter
John Bryan Producer
Clive Donner Editor
Roy Goddard Production Manager
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Maxsted Art Director
Geoffrey Rodway Makeup
Dario Simoni Set Decoration/Design
Earl St. John Executive Producer
Charles Staffell Special Effects
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
John Veale Score Composer
Bill Warrington Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Purple Plain
1. Main Title/Burma 1945 [:08]
2. "Round The Bend" [6:53]
3. Memories [5:59]
4. Little-Known Land [6:55]
5. Released [5:18]
6. Dinner And A Song [6:02]
7. In Shock [6:59]
8. "Always" [6:25]
9. Going Down [6:03]
10. Inside Enemy Lines [5:04]
11. The Only Choice [1:03]
12. Written Off [6:26]
13. Gone! [6:26]
14. End Of The Line [6:09]
15. Facing Facts [7:27]
16. Reason To Live [5:32]
17. Chapter 17 [7:02]
18. Chapter 18 [5:57]

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This offbeat 1954 British war flick has been unavailable in any format until April 2005, when it was released on DVD by MGM. Greg Peck plays Forrester, a Canadian fighter pilot in 1945 Burma, flying DeHavilland Mosquitoes against the Japanese. Don't look for thrilling flying action (the aerial sequences are few and what there is looks cheap) or deadly combat (we never see the enemy---not once). This is a psychological war drama, meaning the primary conflict lies within the central character himself. Forrester evidently has a death wish, takes unnecessary risks, and has the reputation of a difficult loner who should be flying an asylum bed, not a twin-engine warbird. Bernard Lee (James Bond's boss "M") plays the doctor who treats Forrester, and Win Min Than plays Anna, a Burmese girl who provides the love interest. Anna is interesting to look at but has no more animation than an exotic doll. The strongest, most believable character in the film is Miss McNab, a Scottish missionary played by Brenda de Banzie, who is first seen belting out "Onward Christian Soldiers" on a pump organ. The second half of the film (Peck, Maurice Denham, and Lyndon Brook struggle through the jungle after a plane crash) is so much better than the first half it's like two different films spliced together, and is the main reason this film gets anywhere at all.