1940s Objective, Burma (1945)

Published on October 15th, 2007 | by Chris

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Objective, Burma (1945)


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On October 15, 2007
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Remember though that this is 1945, and a certain amount of flag waving and propagandistic feelings are present. You can't escape it. All in all Objective, Burma! is a classic, and I'll even say fun, but still painfully true, exercise.

Objective, Burma (1945)Yet another from the "where has this movie been all my life" category, 1945's Objective, Burma! is a classic in every sense of the word.  Even if its wholly inaccurate from an historical point of view.  Just ask the British, as this film was actually banned in the UK for a time because of its mis-telling of the Burma campaign in favor of the US.

Watching this, you immediately realize that films like this had a direct influence on contemporary filmmakers like Lucas and Spielberg.  The pacing, the perfect soundtrack, the editing....  it all almost feels like an episode of the Indiana Jones series.  Although if there's one complaint it would be the definite overuse and near-abuse of the "Jungle Sound Effects" record.  It really gets tiresome hearing the same monkey, bird, and elephant calls over and over (and over) again.

The story follows a squad of US army commandos, led by one Captain Nelson (Errol Flynn) who are charged with destroying a Japanese radar station in advance of the invasion of Burma.  Along for the ride is Williams (Henry Hull), a newspaper reporter who really gets in over his head.  And in true action film style, they do so, coming through without a scratch.

From there, though, things rapidly go downhill for the team.  They are basically decimated by the Japanese, being stranded by a missed pickup opportunity and having to be on the run from the enemy.  They eventually wind up at the center of the invasion, although its too late for most of the men, as only a handful are fortunate enough to make it back.

It's also noteworthy that this movie gets about as graphic as they would have allowed back then, especially when they come across the village where they find the other half of their squad butchered by the Japs.  Without actually showing anything, its really sent home the animosity and hatred that was prevalent toward the Japanese.  After that there's no doubt *why* they felt this way.  Propaganda?  Maybe, as the closing scroll might suggest, but I imagine there's more truth to it than just idle flag waving.  There are some particularly gruesome parts to their final night-time ambush as well.

Errol Flynn is, well, his usual class act self.  He even manages to pull this one off without the usual air of arrogance and pomposity that usually surrounds his characters.  Also present is the ever fun George Tobias, and James Brown (no not that one) as his Staff Sargeant.

Remember though that this is 1945, and a certain amount of flag waving and propagandistic feelings are present.  You can't escape it.  All in all Objective, Burma! is a classic, and I'll even say fun, but still painfully true, exercise.

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Mission accomplished! Errol Flynn, who brought boyish bravado to The Adventures of Robin Hood, Dodge City, Gentleman Jim and other screen yarns, turns in a mature, acclaimed performance as the leader of a paratrooper patrol stranded in Burma...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: BROWN,JAMES
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Errol Flynn
  • James Brown
  • William Prince
  • George Tobias
  • Henry Hull

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  • Mission accomplished! Errol Flynn, who brought boyish bravado to The Adventures of Robin Hood, Dodge City, Gentleman Jim and other screen yarns, turns in a mature, acclaimed performance as the leader of a paratrooper patrol stranded in Burma. It's "one of the few features of which I am proud," Flynn later said.There's reason for pride. "This is one of the finest World War II films made during the

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Objective, Burma (1945) Chris

Summary: Remember though that this is 1945, and a certain amount of flag waving and propagandistic feelings are present. You can't escape it. All in all Objective, Burma! is a classic, and I'll even say fun, but still painfully true, exercise.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



2 Responses to Objective, Burma (1945)

  1. As is usually the case for a Memorial Day Weekend, several cable/satellite networks will be chock full of classic war movies this coming weekend. Namely Turner Classic Movies, Fox Movie Channel, and AMC. I’m sure there are many more but these are “The B

  2. James says:

    This is actually my favorite war movie of all time. I am a huge fan of Errol Flynn and all the old time stars like him. Some movies are hard to describe as to why they are classics, this is one. I mean, it is just a war movie like so many others, but it does stand out.
    And for the time period this was made, as you mentioned, it did show on screen with the characters the hatred of the Japanese, and the feeling of the time, without the gore you see today. But they could act & do great movies back then and didn’t need excessive violence to push the point or cover the lack of storyline.
    As far as propaganda is concerned, i doubt there is a war movie of this period without some “flag waving”, but rightfully so. I know from a historical point this also may have gone slightly off track, but very few movies do stay on track. I love them for what they are, not the exact historical details (or lacking of), that we can easily get from a history book if facts are needed. For entertainment, i will stay with these classics!

    I would love to see you review of this one:
    http://www.booksforever.com.au/catalog/The_Edge_of_Darkness.html

    Could only find the book, which is a great read, but the movie also a classic!

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