The war in the East is nearing its conclusion but to the prisoners-of-war in Changi Gaol, Singapore, the end seems as far away as ever.
10,000 men, prisoners of the Japanese, are subsisting on four ounces of rice a day and trying to stay alive long enough until the allied forces storming through Burma can liberate them. They are all in pitiful physical condition – all, that is, except one…
George Segal gives a razor-sharp portrayal of Corporal King, the biggest scrounger in the camp, who eats fried eggs for breakfast while the others starve. But the best performance in the film comes from James Fox as a pretty-boy RAF officer who becomes King’s confidant and his fellow dealer-with-the-devil.
Tom Courtenay is the holier-than-thou young officer full of disciplinary zeal who bears a particular hatred for King.
Flight Lieutenant Marlowe
Lt. Col. G.D. Larkin