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A Town Like Alice (Rape of Malaya)

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

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Release Date: Mar 6, 1956 Wide

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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

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Dec 31, 2012

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An engaging historic romance in which the romantic relationship is the least successful thing about the movie.

April 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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Harrowing but dated WWII drama.

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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.
May 29, 2011
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