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The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961)

NR 03/14/1962 (US) WarComedyDrama 1h 50m
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Based on a play by Willis Hall. A troop of British soldiers are out in the jungle to record jungle noises and troop noises in the jungle so that the recordings can be played back by other troops to divert the enemy to their whereabouts. As they progress to what they think is closer to the base camp they find themselves farther and farther from radio range until the only channel they can get clearly is that of a Japanese broadcast. They now realize they are probably only 10 to 15 miles from a Japanese camp! The tension is added to by rowdy and openly admitted "non-hero" Private Bamforth who has nothing good to say about anyone and especially Corporal Johnstone (who holds an equal dislike for Bamforth). When a Japanese soldier is taken as their prisoner, the true colours of each man comes to the surface

  1. Leslie Norman


  2. Wolf Mankowitz


  3. Willis Hall


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  1. Laurence Harvey

    Laurence Harvey

    Pvt. 'Bammo' Bamforth

  2. Richard Todd

    Richard Todd

    Sgt. 'Mitch' Mitchem

  3. Richard Harris

    Richard Harris

    Cpl. Johnstone

  4. David McCallum

    David McCallum

    Pvt. Sammy Whitaker

  5. Ronald Fraser

    Ronald Fraser

    L / Cpl. Macleish

  6. John Meillon

    John Meillon

    Pte. Smith

  7. John Rees

    Pte. Evans

  8. Kenji Takaki

    Kenji Takaki


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The Long and the Short and the Tall
The Long and the Short and the Tall

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