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June 29, 2016
Objective, Burma is an amazing film. It is about a platoon of special ops who are tasked to parachute into the remote Burmese jungle. Errol Flynn and William Prince give fantastic performances. The screenplay is good but a little slow in places. Raoul Walsh did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the adventure and drama.
½ December 22, 2014
Good WW2 drama.

Covers one of the less glamorous and more treacherous sectors of the war - Burma. The jungle conditions, complete with diseases and isolation, make for a gritty, uncompromising battlefield.

Against the backdrop of the actual Burma campaign (sometimes using footage of the real commanders, rather than actors), we have this story. Full of daring and endurance, guts and determination.

Very authentically made. As it is filmed in 1945, the US soldiers have the genuine equipment they would have been using during the campaign, from C-47s and P-38s to Tommy guns and M1 carbines.

In order to capture the dash and dare of the mission, who else for the lead role but Errol Flynn. This did create one issue for me in that his Australian accent is obvious, and he is playing an American officer. I guess we could explain that away through thinking that maybe he is an Australian who emigrated to the US.

On the downside, this movie was made during WW2, so does have big dollops of jingoism, nationalism and pure gung ho-ness in it. Thankfully, more limited in this regard than many WW2 era movies.
½ May 26, 2014
Friday, May 23 2014

(1945) Objective, Burma

Directed by Rauol Walsh of some of the most memorable gangster movies of all time- he's directing a WWII movie starring Errol Flynn as Capt. Nelson leading a platoon of soldiers to Burma to perform two tasks, one) is to locate the Japanese radar station communication centre and then, two) it is to destroy it, since air plane bombers can't bomb approximate locations in a forest and that it needs to be confirmed. Tagging along with them is a seldom old news reporter Mark Williams (Henry Hull) wanting to be a witness to the whole ordeal. And actual war footage has been used to solidify it's authenticity was a nice touch, but still could've been better.

To complete it's objective was a cinch since not a single casualty happened despite commanding many soldiers, for the impossible only came when they're supposed to reach for the empty spot where they were supposed to be picked up from the very same planes that brought them there. That it became the problem since the Japanese soldiers were also onto them. What didn't make much sense is the fact that, although the radar system was already destroyed, why can't the American air force send bomber planes on the Japanese soldiers that were pursuing American soldiers before, instead of making them walk several grueling miles for reinforcements. Why can't additional paratroopers dropped off earlier, now that the Japanese radar system had already been destroyed? I'm still baffled by this question ever since I watched it what could've been an insightful war movie, but instead drag it's viewers to a very long journey instead that's similar to something like "The Dawn Patrol" and 1943 "Sahara" starring Humphrey Bogart.

2 out of 4 stars
½ July 9, 2013
Outstanding film, you get a real feel of the war,This film is never dull or boring, the story follows a group of men who 's plan to destroy a Radar station goes wrong, leaving the men stranded,Errol is superb as are the rest of the cast
Super Reviewer
March 6, 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.
February 15, 2013
My last Errol Flynn movie if the day. The Brits actually hated this movie when it came out and boycotted it in the UK. The movie followed American Operations in Burma. The problem was Americans weren't in Burma in WW2. The British were in Burma in Ww2 not the Yanks. The British didn't get their due in Hollywood. They had a point.
September 24, 2012
Terrific WWII picture that really holds up well--Erroll Flynn Wins Burma!!
March 30, 2012
We jump out of planes and guys shoot at us.

A platoon is sent into Burma to destroy a Japanese radar station during World War II. The execution of their mission could save many lives and ultimately lead to helping the air force identify strategic bombing locations; however, once in Burma the platoon will struggle to make it out and back to safety.

"Even if my mother in-law is in one of them it's a great site."

Raoul Walsh, director of A Private's Affair, A Lion is in the Streets, White Heat, Cheyenne, Hot for Paris, and The Monkey Talks, delivers Objective Burma. The storyline for this movie is fairly good and contains fascinating characters. The script and premise is interesting but fairly common for the war genre. The cast delivers excellent performances and includes Errol Flynn, James Brown, William Prince, George Tobias, and Henry Hull.

"There were some moments there I wished I was someplace else or anywhere else for that matter."

We continue to DVR Errol Flynn pictures and my wife discovered and recorded this movie. I found it entertaining but pretty standard for the genre. I did thoroughly enjoy the characters but didn't find it particularly unique. Overall, this is an entertaining picture for the genre but nothing remarkable.

"When you're dealing with monkeys you've got to expect a few monkeys."

Grade: B
½ November 30, 2011
Directed by the great Raoul Walsh.
October 23, 2011
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.
October 15, 2011
The first forty minutes of "Burma" don't have a lot of obstacles or surprises, but once things go badly, the story gets a lot more compelling. Flynn is solid here, as is most of the cast. Comedy relief George Tobias gets a lot of the good lines, and does well with them. Beautiful photography as usual from James Wong ("Citizen Kane") Howe, and Franz Waxman serves up a rousing march you might still be humming at film's end. The war was still going on when this film was released, so be prepared for a lot of racial slurs in the dialogue.
March 12, 2011
Fine WWII action film, tersely directed by Raoul Walsh. Even though the battle depicted in the film was in reality carried out by British forces and not US forces, it is none-the-less a very well made war film.
July 16, 2010
quality leadership through an arduous trial full of uncertainty
Super Reviewer
½ January 10, 2010
Typical WWII film suffers from overlenght but has a good cast.
½ June 28, 2009
April 10, 2009
wow umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch...its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie..i think that errol flynn, james brown, mark stevens, henry hull play good parts throughout this movie..i think that the director of this black and white/Action & Adventure, Drama, Classics movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie its a good movie 2 watch its really enjoyable as well
½ February 1, 2009
A surprisingly level headed war movie, especially given the time it was made. It's a bit on the slow side, but it could also be argued that the extended running time gives some of the more intense scenes a chance to build up real suspense. The Japanese enemy is painted as cardboard thin representations of evil, but that's to be expected. (The truly atrocious attempts at Japanese dialog grates, though.) Otherwise, a pretty solid flick. Well worth spending 121 minutes on.
October 20, 2008
Pure propaganda, or rather a combination of an army training- and recruiting film, but entertaining as such. I'm sure quite a few young men found themselves on the other side of the world wearing dogtags and missing a limb or two as a result of this movie. I hope the the same thing doesn't happen to me.
June 21, 2008
It's a propaganda movie, but it is a clear representaion of war horrors, but secuences against japanese are barbaric in our current standars

Esta es es una pelicula de guerra de propagand, sirve solo para reflejar los horrores de la guerra, las secuencias con los japones son barbaras
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