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A Korean orphan and American troops led by a sergant played by Gene Evans, band together to survive in a Buddhist temple. Writer Samuel Fuller won a low-budget WGA award for the screenplay.
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis, this movie was filmed while the Korean War was actually still going on. It tells the story of a Marine battalion faced to cross treacherous frozen territory to escape the enemy. Contemporay TV fans may be interested to know the movie stars Russ Tamblyn, father of Joan of Arcadia’s Amber Tamblyn.
The Bridge At Toko Ri
Directed by Mark Robson (Peyton Place), this movie has some A-listers on the cast: William Holden, Grace Kelly. Mickey Rooney also appears. The film stars Holden as a Korean War pilot assigned to destroy the title bridge while he battles his own doubts and nerves. The visual effects were Oscar-nominated. Robson was nominated for a Director’s Guild Award.
Men In War
The Korean War themes of taking hills in adverse conditions continue in this movie directed by Anthony Man (who was Director’s Guild nominated for the film). Based on a Van Van Praag novel, the movie stars Robert Ryan (The Dirty Dozen) who must guide his platoon through battle.
Pork Chop Hill
Lewis Milestone directed this film which stars Gregory Peck as a lieutenant in this war film set in Korea. Peck and others are opposed by Communist Chinese fighting for North Korea. Robert Blake and George Peppard also star (as does Norman Fell, aka Mr. Roper of Three’s Company).
The Manchurian Candidate
Frank Sinatra and Oscar-nominated Angela Lansbury star in this John Frankenheimer thriller about men brainwashed during their time as POW’s in Korea and one man’s quest to find out what really happened. Remade against the backdrop of the Gulf War in the early 2000s.
Though this Robert Altman film (based on the book by Richard Hooker) was noted for addressing the reality of the Vietnam War, it is set during the Korean War. Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt, Eliot Gould and Robert Duvall are among the stars. Sally Kellerman was Oscar- nominated as a best supporting actress. The film was also up for best picture and director. Screenwriter Ring Lardner, Jr won for his adaption of the book. The series, of course, spun-off from the film.
Laurence Olivier, Jacqueline Bisset and Richard Roundtree (what combination) are among the cast in this movie which Harvard “honored” with a Razzie Award. The movie tells of the important invasion of Inchon in the Korean War, but apparently not very well. Seems like a bit of an Ishatar.