A Town like Alice

United Kingdom, 1956

Film
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Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch give towering performances in this moving story about a party of women compelled to trek through the Malayan jungle during World War II, because no Japanese officer will take responsibility for their care and feeding. Based on Nevil Shute’s best-selling novel, the film tells how the women come to terms with their hardships, and how they are befriended by a tough Australian prisoner of war who dreams of returning to his home town of Alice Springs.

Credits

director

Jack Lee

producer

Joseph Janni

production company

Rank Organisation Film Productions

Language

English

Duration

01:54:00:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

36654

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Adaptations

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Prisoners of war - Australia

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Women in war

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → World War, 1939-1945 - Asia

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → World War, 1939-1945 - Prisoners and prisons

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

Literature → Australian literature - Film and video adaptations

War films

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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