The Purple Plain

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Released 1955

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Director:
Robert Parrish
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1955
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The Purple Plain is a 1954 British film directed by Robert Parrish and starring Gregory Peck, Win Min Than, Maurice Denham, and Lyndon Brook. Based on the 1947 novel of the same name by H. E. Bates, the film tells the story of Billy Forrester (Peck), a Canadian pilot in the Royal Air Force serving in Burma during World War II. When his wife dies, Forrester becomes overly daring, hoping to end his life while in action. Forrester develops a friendship with Ana (Than), a Burmese teacher who encourages Forrester's emotional progress. Later, Forrester and fellow soldiers Carrington and Blore crash their plane in a remote desert in central Burma. The three struggle to cope with the isolation, and one of them struggles to find a reason to keep living. Forrester then must find a way to save his men before the Japanese attack. The Purple Plain was nominated for BAFTA Awards, including Best Actor (for Maurice Denham), Film, and Screenplay.moreless
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