This disturbing WWII film focuses on the survivors of a battle-decimated brigade as they try to make their way through the Burmese jungle to rejoin the main British force. Led by Baker, the survivors come upon a village where they surprise a small Japanese detachment. Found on a dead
Japanese colonel is a coded map that details future Japanese battle strategy. Baker interrogates a captured Burmese agent, demanding an explanation of the code. The prisoner refuses to talk, so Baker carries through a threat to shoot two innocent villagers. In the wake of these executions, the
prisoner confesses all. Rolfe and McKern, a priest and reporter, respectively, are appalled b...