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Objective, Burma! (1945)





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A few corny moments aside, Objective Burma must rate as one of the best combat films of WW2. Errol Flynn stars as Captain Nelson, who leads a hardy band of paratroopers behind enemy lines in Burma, for the purpose of destroying a Japanese radar station. Their mission accomplished, Nelson and his men prepare to make their escape by plane, but this proves to be impossible. It is therefore necessary for the surviving paratroops to make a grueling 150-mile journey by foot through the Japanese-held jungle, in hopes of eventually reaching their own lines. With the exception of Henry Hull, who delivers a mannered, strained performance as an Ernie Pyle-like war correspondent, the performances are uniformly excellent, with Flynn, George Tobias and William Prince standing out. Director Raoul Walsh and cinematographer James Wong Howe stage the combat scenes (filmed on the "Lucky" Baldwin Santa Anita ranch) with brutal efficiency, showing little but conveying a lot in the way of gore and carnage. The strangest sequence (at least to modern viewers) has the paratroopers expressing horror and disgust at a vicious sneak attack by the Japanese-which occurs only a few reels after the Americans have staged an equally merciless attack on a Japanese unit! In England, Objective Burma was taken to task by newspaper journalist who felt that the Americans were unfairly taking full credit for the success of the Burmese campaign. The ensuing hue and cry compelled Warner Bros. to issue an apology, and to withhold the British release of the film until 1952, at which time it was accompanied by a lengthy prologue title extolling England's contribution to the Burma invasion. Originally released at 142 minutes, Objective Burma is usually shown on TV in its 128-minute reissue form. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Alvah Bessie, Lester Cole, Ranald MacDougall
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 13, 2003


Errol Flynn
as Maj. Nelson
William Prince
as Lt. Sid Jacobs
Henry Hull
as Mark Williams
George Tobias
as Gabby Gordon
James Brown
as Sgt. Treacy
Warner Anderson
as Col. Carter
Mark Stevens
as Lt. Barker
Richard Erdman
as Nebraska Hooper
Anthony Caruso
as Miggleori
Hugh Beaumont
as Capt. Hennessey
John Whitney
as Negulesco
Joel Allen
as Brophy
George Tyne
as Soapy Higgins
Frank Tang
as Capt. Li
Rodd Redwing
as Sgt. Chattu
Lester Matthews
as Maj. Fitzpatrick
Kit Carson
as Paratrooper
Neil Carter
as Paratrooper
Elmer Ellingwood
as Paratrooper
Shephard Houghton
as Paratrooper
Peter Kooy
as Paratrooper
Harlan Miller
as Paratrooper
Erville Alderson
as Gen. Stilwell
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Critic Reviews for Objective, Burma!

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

The director alone should tell you all you need to know about this Errol Flynn set: Raoul Walsh.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Grim war film, that suffers from a racist treatment of the Japanese.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Objective, Burma!


Typical WWII film suffers from overlenght but has a good cast.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Sure it is exciting and gets the troops going but it is a film of its era..something created to rally the troops in the last years of the conflict in Asia but without full artistic merit.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Any one who has ever liked any of the "team flix" made about WWII (Guns of Navarrone, Dirty Dozen, etc.) should watch this. Not only as one of the first ones, it is seminal, but is truly better than anything ever made since. It is extremely gritty, raw and yet full of spirit and admiration for the super-human task these men did. It's not only entertaining, it is also morally right. A great film.

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