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

- No.

l try to keep my patients alive.

Thou shalt not kill but need not strive

officiously to keep alive.

- Did you ever hear that saying?

- Frequently.

Come on, get in.

l see.

A nice jeep ride, a cozy chat--

a medical inspection.

Okay, Doc.

Very tactfully arranged.

Well, l have to gain

my patients' confidence somehow.

Another one of my patients.

That's the dispensary.

l'll take you over later.

Off with you, you little devils!

Here we are.

This is for you.

Now hop it.

They're wonderful kids.

l love them all.

What is this place?

lt used to belong to a planter.

Now Miss McNab's got it.

- Who's she?

- Missionary. Runs the school.

But she won't be here today.

Ah, here's Dorothy.

- Good afternoon, Doctor.

- Hello, Dorothy.

l've brought a friend,

Squadron Leader Forrester.

He's a pilot.

Dorothy's from Rangoon.

- Glad to know you.

- How do you do?

Dorothy, my dear,

we're thirsty men.

Of course.

Please sit down, Mr. Forrester,

and l will get you

something cold to drink.

That's very kind of you.

Lime juice, please.

The lime juice is wonderful.

- Whatever you wish.

- The lime juice will be just fine.

- Where's Anna?

- At the dispensary.

- She'll be back soon.

- Oh, good.

- l managed to bring a little rice.

- Thank you, Doctor. Thank you.

Please sit down,

and l will get the lime.

Thank you.

l usually try and bring them

something for the kitchen.

Fruit's all right,

but not all the time.

They can't buy food.

They came here

stripped of everything,

all the way from Rangoon.

Can you imagine what it

must have been like?

Hundreds of miles.

l don't know how any of them

ever got through alive.

l hope l didn't waken you.

l'm sorry, l must have

fallen asleep for a moment.

Several moments.

Where's the 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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