Re: [Videolib] Movie Title Search

Mary Lawson (lawson.m.e@att.net)

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Dear Chuck,

Two possibilities come to mind:

1) An old Dana Andrews movie PURPLE HEART (1944)

"This is the story of the crew of a downed bomber, captured after a run over Tokyo, early in the war. Relates the hardships the men endure while in captivity, and their final humiliation: being tried and convicted as war criminals."

2) The Australian movie BLOOD ON THE SUN/ PRISONERS OF THE SUN (US Title) (1990). Was available on VHS here. Stars Bryan Brown, George Takei, Terry O'Quinn and a very young Russell Crowe. Mainly a post war courtroom drama but I believe there are flashbacks.

IMDB summary:
"The island of Ambon in Indonesia, 1945. During the War, the number of Australian POWs on the island had dropped from 1100 to less than 300 due to abuses by their Japanese captors. In a mass grave, the bodies of 300 executed servicemen have been unearthed. No captured airmen were found alive on the island at all, not even the four-man crew of a reconnaissance plane shot down late in the War. Prison commander Baron Takahashi is returned to the island in the custody of an American officer, Maj. Beckett. But there is little evidence with which to prosecute the Baron. Cooper thinks he could make a case for the missing airmen if only their bodies could be located.

Hope this helps,

Mary Lawson
MLS Student

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I have a patron who is writing an article about a local man, who was held as a POW in World War II. He is looking for a particular movie based (perhaps loosely) on some of the experiences of these POWs that he saw on cable some years ago. It was about the crew of a B-52 being held by the Japanese in the last weeks of the war. He remembers there being scenes of mock trials, but can't remember much else. He thought Sam Waterston was in the cast, but a check of his filmography doesn't lead us to anything that sounds right. The film would have been made in the mid-1980s or before. Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks

Chuck Collins
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library
(216) 932-3600
www.heightslibrary.org
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Dear Chuck,

 

Two possibilities come to mind:

 

1) An old Dana Andrews movie PURPLE HEART (1944)

 

"This is the story of the crew of a downed bomber, captured after a run over Tokyo, early in the war. Relates the hardships the men endure while in captivity, and their final humiliation: being tried and convicted as war criminals."

 

 

2) The Australian movie BLOOD ON THE SUN/ PRISONERS OF THE SUN (US Title) (1990).  Was available on VHS here.  Stars Bryan Brown, George Takei, Terry O'Quinn and a very young Russell Crowe.  Mainly a post war courtroom drama but I believe there are flashbacks.

 

IMDB summary:

"The island of Ambon in Indonesia, 1945. During the War, the number of Australian POWs on the island had dropped from 1100 to less than 300 due to abuses by their Japanese captors. In a mass grave, the bodies of 300 executed servicemen have been unearthed. No captured airmen were found alive on the island at all, not even the four-man crew of a reconnaissance plane shot down late in the War. Prison commander Baron Takahashi is returned to the island in the custody of an American officer, Maj. Beckett. But there is little evidence with which to prosecute the Baron. Cooper thinks he could make a case for the missing airmen if only their bodies could be located.

 

Hope this helps,

 

Mary Lawson

MLS Student


 

-------------- Original message from "Chuck Collins" <ccollins@heightslibrary.org>: --------------

I have a patron who is writing an article about a local man, who was held as a POW in World War II.  He is looking for a particular movie based (perhaps loosely) on some of the experiences of these POWs that he saw on cable some years ago.  It was about the crew of a B-52 being held by the Japanese in the last weeks of the war.  He remembers there being scenes of mock trials, but can't remember much else.  He thought Sam Waterston was in the cast, but a check of his filmography doesn't lead us to anything that sounds right.  The film would have been made in the mid-1980s or before.  Does anyone have any ideas?
 
Thanks
 
 
Chuck Collins
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library
(216) 932-3600
www.heightslibrary.org

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