A Town Like Alice

A Town Like Alice

DVD - 2012
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harrowing WWII drama that was a huge critical and commercial success in England, this British production was based on a novel by Nevil Shute. During the war, a group of prisoners, mostly women and children, are led by Japanese soldiers on a brutal march through Malaysia. Some die by the roadside and others are sadistically tortured. One of the women, Jean Paget (Virginia McKenna), is befriended by an Australian man who is also a prisoner of war, Joe Harman (Peter Finch). Joe tells Jean about his hometown of Alice Springs, an oasis in the Australian outback. When he steals a chicken to feed Jean and the others, Joe is caught and treated ruthlessly. The Japanese force Jean and the others to march on while Joe is put on a crucifix and left to die.
Publisher: [Tulsa, OK] : VCI Entertainment, c2012
ISBN: 9781557397942
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC TOW
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 111 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.


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Apr 19, 2018

Loved it! Especially since it was black and white.

Apr 10, 2018

Very old black & white movie. Did not watch.

Nov 14, 2017

A touching film from beginning to end. You never feel that anyone is acting, especially the children in the film. Amazing how young children can be given lines and deliver them so convincingly. Many movie critics have rated this film very highly. It certainly great to see a movie made many years ago preserved so a guy like me doesn't miss it!

Mar 11, 2016

Based on a WWII novel by Nevil Shute of “On the Beach” fame. It is a composite of Japanese treatment of British (and Australian) civilian captives in Malaysia (and other lands captured by the Japanese), but the characters are fictional composites. While the treatments focus on the Japanese treatment of women prisoners, the walking aspect occurred elsewhere. Also, the crucifixion of a man is a true incident, but it occurred elsewhere also. Some of the occasional humor seems a little corny. This film gives Americans exposure to WWII incidents not widely known and gives Americans another opportunity to see Peter Finch of “Network” fame (“I am not going to take it anymore”). This was one of Britain’s top grossing film of the year.

Nov 16, 2015

This is the older & first film version of 'Alice', the second is a PBS series with Bryon Brown, Helen Morse & the incomparable Gordon Jackson. Will be interesting to see the difference. Considering the 1956-57 time frame of film I thought it was very good. The extras portion very interesting in how they made it - subtitles very helpful. I still prefer the PBS series.

Apr 15, 2015

This is a 1956 British drama directed by Jack Lee, based on the 1950 novel by Nevil Shute.
It is a classic war film from a woman's perspective, set during WWII in British Malaya, 1941.
The Japanese army advances rapidly through the British territory.
The men they captured are sent off to labor camps, but they don't have a plan to deal with the women and children left behind.
Not sure what to do with them, the Japanese force their captives to march for miles on end all over Malaya in search of a camp willing to take them in.
During this ordeal, Jean Paget meets Joe Harman, an Australian POW, who risks his own life to help the sick, starving and abused women and children survive.
Both are inevitably drawn to each other, forming a lasting bond.
It is a heart-wrenching yet heart-warming-at-the-end kind of movie.

May 20, 2013

I loved this movie. You can't take your eyes off Virginia MacKenna, whose subtle performance lights up the film. The story is similar to Paradise Road. I shed a tear at the end.

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