Val Guest (The Day the Earth Caught Fire, Stop Me Before I Kill!) directs this black and white scope film about a band of British soldiers in an enemy-held village. Cut off by the Japanese advance into Burma, Captain Langford (Stanley Baker, Zulu) and his men seek refuge and attempt to gain information about an upcoming Japanese attack. When his interrogation fails to produce results, Langford horrifies war correspondent Max Anderson (Leo McKern, a Man for All Seasons) and a missionary (Guy Rolfe, Mr. Sardonicus) by ordering two innocent villagers to be killed in an attempt to persuade an informer to talk. But Langford's harsh methods come back to haunt him when, after the Japanese retake the village, they too resort to senseless murders in their effort to get his cooperation.