The Purple Plain

Synopsis: After losing his bride in a Luftwaffe air raid, bomber pilot Forrester becomes a solitary killing machine, who doesn't care whether he dies. The reckless Canadian pilot is both admired and feared by the rest of his squadron in World War II Burma. The squadron physician is assigned to determine the embittered Bill Forrester's fitness for duty. To break through the nightmare-haunted man's wall of silence, the physician drives Forrester to visit an outpost of English-speaking refugees, which includes an alluring young Burmese woman.
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Director(s): Robert Parrish
Production: United Artists
100 min

Don't be too long about it.

See you at dinner.

Don't tell me you find it hot.

This is really the springtime.

The real heat begins in June, the rain.

- Bet you just love that.

- l don't love it.

Bet you really get warmed up then

and get some letters written.

- l write home every day.

- Only once a day? You're slipping.

Of course,

heat affects people different ways.

Now, take me.

l watch my health,

take plenty of salt, of course,

but l think the real secret

is in one's mental attitude.

Now, l've got responsibilities--

a wife in England, a family,

an important job.

But it's no use moping.

You know, the trouble

with you flying people is that

you're not interested

in anything else but flying.

There's a world, people.

You don't care.

You need a home, children,

a thought for the future.

Now, if you were married

and knew that when the war was over,

you had a wife to go back to...

What? What?

What's the matter?

- l thought you said something.

- That was hours ago.

Now, l say, that's the trouble with you--

no outside responsibilities.

You want a wife and family

and thought for the future.

Now, if you were married and knew

that when the war was over, you could--



- Been looking for you.

- Something you wanted?

l wondered if you'd care

for a trip out of camp--

a village across the plain,

Christian community.

What makes you think l had

anything to do with Christian communities?

lt's just a trip, half an hour.

- You go.

- Really nice people.

Very interesting, pure Burmese.

They speak English.

l buy fruit from them.

Well, you bring me back

a nice cold melon, will you, Doc?

What's this?

To kill or not to kill,

that's all. That's--

Strange how fascinating

death can be, isn't it?


- ls that why you became a doctor?

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Eric Ambler

Eric Clifford Ambler OBE (28 June 1909 – 22 October 1998) was an influential British author of thrillers, in particular spy novels, who introduced a new realism to the genre. He also worked as a screenwriter. Ambler used the pseudonym Eliot Reed for books co-written with Charles Rodda. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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