Women of Valor
|Womem of Valor|
|Written by||Jonas McCord|
|Directed by||Buzz Kulik|
|Theme music composer||Georges Delerue|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||100 minutes|
Women of Valor is a 1986 CBS-TV movie about World War II, starring Susan Sarandon and Kristy McNichol and directed by Buzz Kulik. It premièred on November 23, 1986 and was released on DVD on March 10, 1998.
A group of American Army nurses are captured by the Japanese in April 1942. They are put in a prisoner-of-war camp in Bataan, where they spend three years of their lives. The story focuses on Lt Margaret Ann "Maggie" Jessup, the head army nurse who survived the camp and testifies against the Japanese in front of the United States Congressional subcommittee years later as a colonel.
- Susan Sarandon - 1LT/LTC Margaret Ann Jessup
- Kristy McNichol - T.J. Nolan
- Alberta Watson - 2LT Helen Prescott
- Valerie Mahaffey - 2LT Katherine R. Grace
- Suzanne Lederer - 2LT Gail Polson
- Patrick Bishop - Captain Matome Nakayama
- Terry O'Quinn - MAJ Tom Patterson
- Neva Patterson - Lady Judith Eason
- Jay Acovone - CPT Rader
The film was generally negatively received. One of the main criticisms was that the film was not realistic. The cast was also criticized for retaining their looks while trying to survive in poor conditions. The New York Times also stated the film should have given more attention to the persons rather than the situations.
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