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Pork Chop Hill (1959)

Approved | | War, Drama, Action | 14 June 1959 (UK)
During the Korean War peace talks, U.S. troops fight to retake a hill from the Communist Chinese forces.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Joe Clemons
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Pvt. Forstman
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Lt. Walter Russel
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Cpl. Chuck Fedderson
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American Admiral at Peace Conference
James Edwards ...
Cpl. Jurgens
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Col. Kern
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Pvt. Franklin
George Shibata ...
Lt. Suki Ohashi
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Sgt. Coleman
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Lieutenant, Division Public Relations
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Pvt. Velie
Cliff Ketchum ...
Cpl. Payne (radio operator)
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Pvt. Boven
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Lt. Harrold
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Grim story of one of the major battles of the Korean War. While negotiators are at work in Panmunjom trying to bring the conflict to a negotiated end, Lt. Joe Clemons is ordered to launch an attack and retake Pork Cop Hill. It's tough on the soldiers who know that the negotiations are under way and no one wants to die when they think it will all soon be over. The hill is of no particular strategic military value but all part of showing resolve during the negotiations. Under the impression that the battle has been won, battalion headquarters orders some of the men withdrawn when in fact they are in dire need of reinforcements and supplies. As the Chinese prepare to counterattack and broadcast propaganda over loudspeakers, the men prepare for what may be their last battle. Written by garykmcd

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Bold! Blunt! Blistering! The battle picture without equal!

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War | Drama | Action

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Mit Blut geschrieben  »

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$4,024,066 (USA)
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Trivia

Gregory Peck personally chose Lewis Milestone to direct because Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) had made a deep impression on him. See more »

Goofs

Just before the American attack on the hill, the commanding officer is pointing out positions on a 3D clay model of the hill with his M4 bayonet. He lays his bayonet on the table and covers it with a paper map, then steps over to the radio man in conversation. He then steps back to the map table and the paper map has disappeared. See more »

Crazy Credits

Following the opening credits and opening scenes: A RESERVE POSITION NEAR PORK CHOP HILL--70 MILES FROM THE PEACE CONFERENCE AT PUNMUNJOM-KOREA-1953 See more »

Connections

Edited into The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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A Dramatic Moment in "The Forgotten War"
15 February 2001 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

On the very short list of Korean War films, `Pork Chop Hill' has many admirable features. Lewis Milestone's direction is never sluggish, yet allows for introspective moments. His orchestration of combat scenes is effective, while not memorably exciting. There is much beauty in the cinematography, and several shots have a spare, otherwordly feeling that underscores the plight of the GIs in this true story. The musical score, by the underrated Leonard Rosenman, contributes to the mainly grim tone of the circumstances.

Actors are all at, or near, their best: Peck, Edwards, Strode, Guardino, Shibata, a very young Robert Blake.. Closeups are rare, and group scenes so full of motion, that it is easy to miss many well-known names in supporting roles: Harry Dean Stanton, Charles Aidman, Paul Comi, Kevin Hagen. While some characters besides Peck's lieutenant are singled out-Woody Strode's Franklin, in particular-most are only given very brief scenes to establish their individuality.

With all its fine qualities, `Pork Chop Hill' somehow misses greatness. The build toward the climax lacks the thrust it should have in a film of modest length and dimensions. And when the climax arrives, it does not have the impact that was surely intended. Nevertheless, this film honorably commemorates a singular operation in `the forgotten war' and the men who died carrying it out.


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