For this week’s meet cute I chose another Gregory Peck clip (after Roman Holiday featuring when I first started this meet cute series). It’s my birthday today (I’m 53) and on Wednesday, April 5th, it would have been Gregory Peck’s 107th birthday. It feels nice to celebrate my birthday with my first big actor crush and at the same time to also celebrate his birthday this week with this clip.
I could have picked any number of other, flashier Gregory Peck movies for this week, but somehow the quiet, gentle meet cute in The Purple Plain from 1954 spoke to me. It’s not such a well known film now anymore but it was quite successful in its day and Gregory gives a very good performance in this.
The movie is about the end of the Second World War. Royal Canadian Air Force pilot Bill Forrester (Gregory Peck) is a pilot in the Burma campaign, depressed after having lost his wife in the blitz and basically trying everything to get himself killed, but instead becomes a war hero. In Burma, he meets Anna (Win Min Tan in her only film role), who, in her gentle way, guides him back to caring about living and gaining emotional stability.
The love story part of the film is admittedly a bit flimsy but that doesn’t take away from it really being worth a watch. A lot of the film is also about a mission Forrester must go on after he meets Anna and during which he decides to go for life. In addition it feels respectful of Burma and its people, which I like. The film has enough action but is really more of a character study and Gregory was really good in this which makes it worthy of this week’s meet cute post.