Objective, Burma!

Objective, Burma!

Director: Raoul Walsh Cast: Errol Flynn, Henry Hull, William Prince


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Objective, Burma!

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2014
UPC: 0888574092153
Original Release: 1945
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:22:00
Sales rank: 5,507

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Maj. Nelson
Henry Hull Mark Williams
William Prince Lt. Sid Jacobs
James Brown Sgt. Treacy
George Tobias Gabby Gordon
Warner Anderson Col. Carter
John Alvin Hogan
Hugh Beaumont Capt. Hennessey
John Whitney Negulesco
Joel Allen Brophy
Frank Tang Capt. Li
William Hudson Hollis
Rodd Redwing Sgt. Chattu
John Sheridan Copilot
Lester Matthews Maj. Fitzpatrick
Erville Alderson Gen. Stilwell
Carlyle Blackwell Pilot
Kit Carson Actor
George Tyne Soapy Higgins
Shephard Houghton Actor
Peter Kooy Actor
Harlan Miller Paratrooper
Mark Stevens Lieutnant Baker
Richard Erdman Nebraska Hooper
Anthony Caruso Miggleori

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
George J. Amy Editor
Alvah Bessie Screenwriter
Lester Cole Screenwriter
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles S. Galvraith Consultant/advisor
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Jack McConaghy Set Decoration/Design
C.A. Riggs Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Smith Art Director
Jerry Wald Producer
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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Objective, Burma! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I already have the VHS. I was about 11 years old when I first saw it from big screen. Waiting for the DVD to be available.It is one of my most favorites of all films.
cuestick More than 1 year ago
Objective Burma is a picture about a big part of WW-11 in Burma. I was 14 when that war ended. Each movie about the war has something in the story that actually happened, I think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this film begins in a lighthearted vein as the melting pot platoon is introduced and affectionate insults are bandied about typical of combat films of this period. don't be fooled.it gradually evolves into a tense,grim and exciting portrait of men in war.the reasons men fight and the price of war,the two key componets of a cerebral action movie,are skillfully explored by director,cinematographer and cast.[raoul walsh and james wong howe perhaps errol flynn's finest hour].this somewhat overlooked film is a fitting tribute to the men who fought in the forgotten theater of ww2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Flynn at his best! The characters 'come alive' in this WWII movie. I have seen this movie MANY times, and, will watch it many more! Some parts of it will make you laugh; some will, abso, make you cry...and scream...its' that good. I ordered this DVD when I saw B&N had it. So glad I did. It is as I remember it way back. Excellent! Some 'critics' poopoo it because...(fill in here). I enjoyed it then; I enjoy it now. Kudos, again, to the many departments at B&N. Once, again, 'they' lived up to my expectations in delivering this DVD to me. I rate them 5 Stars, along with the movie! Thanks, again, to B&N for an excellent job!