A Town Like Alice

  • 1956
  • 1 HR 47 MIN
  • NR

A dark story based on Nevil Shute's novel that tells the story of a group of women and children forced to march through Malaya by the Japanese in WW II. As the women keep moving on, Finch, an Australian POW, and McKenna cross paths repeatedly and become friends. He tells her he will get the women a chicken for the next day's meal but is caught and is sentenced...read more

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A dark story based on Nevil Shute's novel that tells the story of a group of women and children forced to march through Malaya by the Japanese in WW II. As the women keep moving on, Finch, an Australian POW, and McKenna cross paths repeatedly and become friends. He tells her he will get

the women a chicken for the next day's meal but is caught and is sentenced to be crucified. During the pair's friendship, Finch has told McKenna about his hometown--Alice Springs--and McKenna keeps dreaming about it to keep herself going. The group leaves Finch crucified but learns later he was

taken to a hospital, so he is still alive. After the war, McKenna goes to Alice Springs and the couple is reunited. This is a depressing tale, showing people dying along the roadside and the ruthless Japanese having no compassion whatsoever for their prisoners. Finch and McKenna add a few brighter

spots as their friendship develops. It was filmed mostly in Australia and Malaya. The two leading players won British Film Awards for Best Actress and Best Actor in 1956, the year of its British release.

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