Objective Burma

“Raoul Walsh's down-and-dirty account of a paratroop mission to knock out a Japanese radar station deep in the Burmese jungle has been criticised for leaving out any reference to the English, who took a significant part in the Allied offensive that freed Burma, and for portraying the Japanese as sadistic automatons, but it remains one of the fastest-paced, most exciting combat movies of the war. The story revolves around Errol Flynn and his 50-man paratroop unit, who drop deep behind enemy lines and blow up their objective, only to discover that they'll have to fight their way through 150 miles of enemy-infested jungle to safety. Stunning photography by James Wong Howe - a parachute-jumping sequence and a night attack are standouts - doesn't hurt at all, and the ensemble playing is excellent.”

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