A 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. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi
World War, 1939-1945
Australia -- Drama.
|Publisher|| [United States] :VCI Entertainment :2012
Itv Studios Home Entertainment,
|Edition||[Full screen version].|
|Other Titles|| Legacy.
McKenna, Virginia, 1931-
Lee, Jack, 1913-2002.
Shute, Nevil, 1899-1960. Legacy.
VCI Entertainment (Firm)
Itv Studios Home Entertainment (Firm)
Peter Finch, Virginia McKenna, Kenji Takaki, Jean Anderson, Tran Van Khe.
English dialogue; English subtitles.
Title from container.
Based on the novel by Nevil Shute.
Videodisc release of the 1956 motion picture.
Special features: A profile of A Town Like Alice; photo gallery.
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby digital, NTSC.
1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.