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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 overview, first billed only:
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Pvt. Forstman
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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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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 Under the impression that the battle has been won, battalion headquarters orders some of the men withdrawn when in fact they are in dire need of reinforcements and supplies.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
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gregory Peck was considered too old to play a lieutenant. Joseph Clemons was a few days short of his 25th birthday at the end of the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. Peck was 42 when he played Clemons, ten years after playing Brigadier General Frank Savage in the World War II film Twelve O'Clock High (1949), a composite character based on two men who were in their late 30s to early 40s during that war. See more »

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After he dies (with his eyes open) Coleman blinks three times. 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 »

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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

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They don't make them like this anymore...
19 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

War movie? Anti-war movie? For you to judge on this one.

Fact is that this is a crude depiction of what happened a bit everywhere in the Korean war.

Gregory Peck, a gentleman of an actor, delivers a very strong performance as an officer tasked to take that darn hill. His conflict goes both ways.

He has to order his men to "get out there and take the Hill at all costs" and at the same time he has to keep their spirits together before they totally crack-up.

In fact, you actually can feel the bombs and the mortars shelling you throughout the movie. Imagine how you would feel if you had actually been there...

This is probably a good companion to "M*A*S*H" (the Movie and/or the TV series). It's just on the other side of those Hills. It's these boys who were delivered on Hawkeye's operation table.

Never forget that!

It's honest, well played and has much less war-glorifying aspects than one would imagine or expect.

The DVD edition is a bit better than its VHS counterpart and is in the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio.

Now, if some producer is still able to make a 90 minute movie with a similar gripping story nowadays, then you may call me Santa Claus!


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