Objective, Burma! | Chicago Reader

Objective, Burma!

This 1944 war film is a very pure, almost abstract statement of Raoul Walsh's themes and style, with Errol Flynn as the leader of an American platoon sent on a jungle mission against the Japanese. The problem, essentially, is to travel from point A to point B; the enemy remains all but unseen, and the journey becomes a test of endurance and personal drive. The film is long (142 minutes), claustrophobic, and intense, yet it works with elegance and rigor, like a philosophical problem stated and solved. With James Brown, William Prince, George Tobias, and Henry Hull; photographed in a glistening, immediate style by the great James Wong Howe.

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