During World War II, a group of US Army nurses in the Philippines are captured and imprisoned by Japanese troops.
Colonel Jessup (Susan Sarandon), an American military nurse, presents a case for a bronze medal with Valour to a military hearing. She tells her story of being taken prisoner in the Philippines by the Japanese during WWII.
Having survived a death march from Bataan Colonel Jessup is put into a POW camp run by the enemy. She and her fellow prisoners struggle for survival, working 14 hour days with limited food and no medical supplies.
After almost three years the prisoners are liberated by American forces.
- Susan Sarandon … Colonel Margaret Ann Jessup.
- Kristy McNichol … T.J. Nolan.
- Alberta Watson … Lieutenant Helen Prescott.
- Valerie Mahaffey … Lieutenant Katherine R. Grace.
- Suzanne Lederer … Lieutenant Gail Polson.
- Patrick Bishop … Captain Matome Nakayama.
- Terry O’Quinn … Major Tom Patterson.
- Neva Patterson … Lady Judith Eason.
- Jay Acovone … Captain Rader.
- John Philbin … Paraplegic soldier.
- Jeff Allin … Captain Chris Wyatt.
- Marilyn Redfield … Mrs. Carstairs.
- Gô Awazu … Sergeant Takijiro Kodama (as Go Awazu).
- Rey Malonzo … Sergeant Ramos.
- Ken Metcalfe … Colonel Sidell.
- Just before the TV movie aired, a group of women who were actually held prisoner by the Japanese during World War II claimed the movie was unrealistic and did not portray what they endured.
- This tele-movie’s opening dedication stated: “This film is dedicated to the one hundred and four Army and Navy nurses who served in the Philippines during World War II, and especially to those who were incarcerated by the Japanese.”
- The movie shows nurses walking in the Bataan death march but in reality no nurses took part in it.
- This film’s closing epilogue read: “Although it is a work of fiction and though no Army or Navy nurses participated in the actual Bataan death march, this film is representative of the collective courage and dedication of the American Forces who served in the Philippines.”
- The film takes place from 1942 to 1945.
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Buzz Kulik.
- Buzz Kulik … producer.
- Jonas McCord … executive producer.
- Philip L. Parslow … executive producer (as Philip Parslow).
- Carol Davies … associate producer (uncredited).
- Writer(s): Jonas McCord.
- Music: Georges Delerue.
- Cinematography: Mike Fash.
- Editor(s): Les Green.
- Jeni Productions.
- Inter Planetary Productions Corporation (in association with) (as Inter Planetary Productions Corp).
- Pendragon Entertainment.
- Inter Planetary.
- Interplanetary Pictures Productions.
- Keller Entertainment Group (1986) (World-wide) (all media).
- CBS (1986) (USA) (TV).
- Movies4Men (2014) (UK) (TV).
- Simitar Entertainment (USA) (DVD).
- VCL Communications (West Germany) (VHS).
- VZ-Handelsgesellschaft (2012) (Germany) (DVD).
- Release Date: 23 November 1986.
- Running Time:
- Rating: 12.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.