A Town Like Alice (Rape of Malaya) (1956)


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A harrowing WWII drama that was a huge critical and commercial success in England, this British production was based on a novel by Nevil Shute. During the war, a group of prisoners, mostly women and children, are led by Japanese soldiers on a brutal march through Malaysia. Some die by the roadside and others are sadistically tortured. One of the women, Jean Paget (Virginia McKenna), is befriended by an Australian man who is also a prisoner of war, Joe Harman (Peter Finch). Joe tells Jean about … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
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On DVD: Dec 31, 2012
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as Jean Paget

as Joe Harman

as Mrs. Dudley Frost

as Miss Horsefall

as Mrs. Frith

as Mr. Holland

as British Sergeant

as Solicitor

as Mrs. Holland

as Mrs. Anderson

as Mrs. Rhodes

as Brenda
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Full Review… | June 23, 2008
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
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An engaging historic romance in which the romantic relationship is the least successful thing about the movie.

Full Review… | April 29, 2013
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Harrowing but dated WWII drama.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
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Audience Reviews for A Town Like Alice (Rape of Malaya)

When I saw the Bryan Brown version of this film, maybe 20 years ago or more, I never considered the possibility that it was a remake of the original. When I stumbled across the original the other night, I could not quite believe that it might be the same movie. Well, it is, and the original is outstanding. I am really feeling as if I've discovered a great find in Virginia McKenna. Two in a row, baby. What a treat. Another truly original look at the effects of World War II.

Lanning : )

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Based on a novel by Neville Shute, and real events, this is a story of women and children made to do a "death march" in Japanese occupied Malaya during world war II. Helped by an Australian POW, who got severly punished and almost died for his "crime." Well acted, and well paced, and good cinematography.

Iris Erem

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