The Long and the Short and the Tall ( Jungle Fighters ) (1961) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Long and the Short and the Tall ( Jungle Fighters ) (1961)

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The title is derived from the lyrics of a popular wartime ballad Bless 'Em All. This is, indeed, a war picture, set in Malaya. The British troops encamped therein believe they've gotten a break when they capture a Japanese scout (Kenji Takaki)--but it's all part of an enemy trap. The rest of the film concentrates on a battle of wills rather than bullets, though a few spurts of action keep the war-film aficionados happy. Played against the larger tapestry of the world conflict are the fluctuating tensions among the British soldiers themselves. Adapted from a play by Willis Hall, The Long and the Short and the Tall was released as both The Long the Short and the Tall (big whoop) and Jungle Fighters in the United States. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Richard Todd
as Sgt. Mitchem
Laurence Harvey
as Private Bamtooth
Richard Harris
as Cpl. Johnstone
Ronald Fraser
as Lance Cpl. MacLeish
David McCallum
as Pvt. Whitaker
John Meillon
as Private Smith
John Rees
as Private Evans
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