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Purple Heart
Purple Heart
Actors: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, Farley Granger, Kevin O'Shea, Don 'Red' Barry
Director: Lewis Milestone
Genres: Drama, Military & War
NR     2007     1hr 39min

World War II American fighter pilots are shot down over China and tortured. Dana Andrews, Richard Conte and Farley Granger struggle against tyranny.


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Actors: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, Farley Granger, Kevin O'Shea, Don 'Red' Barry
Director: Lewis Milestone
Creators: Arthur C. Miller, Douglass Biggs, Darryl F. Zanuck, Jerome Cady
Genres: Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Classics, Military & War
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/24/2007
Original Release Date: 02/23/1944
Theatrical Release Date: 02/23/1944
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Stirring WWII Film!
lac9461 | Burlington, NJ. USA | 01/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Dana Andrews is excellent as the Captain of a downed Army Air Corps B25 bomber over Japan. These US Flyers are captured and put on trial in a civilian court in front of the international press for suppossed "crimes against humanity". The Japanese secretly torture the Airmen one by one trying to discover if they came from a land base or a carrier. The story basically revolves around whether or not the American Airmen will tell the Japanese what they want to know. The final minutes of the film are quite stirring. The film music master, Alfred Newman did the score for the film and cleverly chose not to use very much underscoring music until the final scene in the film. Although the music he uses is borrowed and not original his adaptation of it is powerful!"
Christopher E. Sarno | Boston, Massachusetts United States | 04/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an inspiring movie to ALL Americans at this stage of the war vs reality, three [3] of the captured USAAF crew were beheaded, others tortured unmercifuly...3 survived at war's end...with the release of, "The Purple Heart" at Christmas time [1944] well after the Gen Doolittle raid in April 1942, it hit home and in our hearts to the heroics of our courageous United States Army Air Force and Naval Forces in harm's way...this movie depicts Japan for all of her quick grabs in the Pacific War; yet, Japan was wide open and vunerable to air helped lift our morale to perservere, sacrifice and no more surrenders, ultimately paving the way for Japan's unconditional surrender forevermore in Aug/ was NOT a propaganda movie; conversely, a cornerstone film for total victory over Japan who was our most formidable and cunning enemy we ever faced on the sea and on the land...Dana Andrews stirring lecture to that Japanese judge rang true as the "USAAF will blackened your skies, day and nite we'll come to burn your cities to the ground and wipe your dirty little Empire off the face of the earth"...that was a TRUISM and justly so...sadly, today's liberal Americans can't relate or comprehend to just what a UNITED effort it took to bring the Japanese Militarists to extinction in Aug/1945...the Japanese got what they readily deserved with A-Bomb interest...this movie was a harbinger of what was to come to the home-islands of Japan...WW2 was a great American lesson to America's enemies...I loved this wartime 1944 film about wartime April/1942....SSGT CHRIS SARNO-USMC FMF"
Purple Heart Not Revealing Enough
Mcs Enterprises Skipper Steely | Paris, Texas | 09/12/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The movie is a bit dramatic at times, but those who have studied the Doolittle raid and the treatment of the 8 men captured know it does not tell the American public enough about the terrible way humans treat other humans. If the Americans had been able to know how badly their prisoners were being treated, the Japanese Island might not be there today. Read Four Came Home for the best view, or study other exerpts of various items on the internet. I am writing about Dean Edward Hallmark, a graduate of Paris Junior College and one of the three who were executed."
Choked- Up
Robert A. Senatore | Bellevue, WA> | 08/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most reviews miss what was for me, as a child, the most inspiring portion of the film. I would choke -up at the final scene, when the crew having decided to not tell the details of the raid leave the courtroom to face death, marching down the hallway with smiles on their faces to stirring music. It still grabs me today."