Objective, Burma!

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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, Rovi

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Cast

Errol Flynn
as Maj. Nelson
William Prince
as Lt. Sid Jacobs
Henry Hull
as Mark Williams
George Tobias
as Gabby Gordon
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
James Brown (II)
as Sgt. Treacy
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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Audience Reviews for Objective, Burma!

  • Mar 06, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2010
    Typical WWII film suffers from overlenght but has a good cast.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2007
    I've read reviews claiming that this is the "greatest war movie ever made". While I wouldn't go that far, it is a very good film and a classic example of WWII Hollywood propaganda. I say that with immense respect and admiration. This film did exactly what it was intended to do - it sold tickets, showcased the enormously talented Errol Flynn and supported our boys overseas.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2007
    not a bad movie for an old movie. errol flynn seems to exceed my expectations whenever i watch something with him in. immediately when i read the description of a flick with him in i usually sigh to myself and think this will be boring, but something about him and his on screen magnestism draws me in and makes it interesting. a perhaps slightly too long movie but poignant especially when it comes to showing how the "monkeys" used to treat their P.O.W's. also the action sequences weren't too bad for an oldie. not quite tears of the sun but for it's time i imagine as engaging
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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