MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 15,333 this week

Three Came Home (1950)

Approved  |   |  War, Drama  |  20 February 1950 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 1,131 users  
Reviews: 35 user | 12 critic

The true story of Agnes Newton Keith's imprisonment in several Japanese prisoner-of-war camps from 1941 to the end of WWII. Separated from her husband and with a young son to care for she ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (book)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 22 titles
created 16 Apr 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 10 Mar 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 05 Jan 2014
 
a list of 27 titles
created 27 Feb 2014
 
a list of 1834 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Three Came Home" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Three Came Home (1950)

Three Came Home (1950) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Three Came Home.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Convicted murderess Valerie Carns (Ann Blyth) is being transported to Norwich to be executed when a flood strands her and her guards at a convent hospital. Nurse Sister Mary (Claudette ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Ann Blyth, Robert Douglas
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Elderly schoolteacher Nora Trinell, waiting to meet presidential nominee Dewey Roberts, recalls him as her student back in 1916 and his relation to Dan Hopkins, the man she married and lost.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Claudette Colbert, John Payne, Shepperd Strudwick
The Big Lift (1950)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Experiences of two Air Force sergeants during the 1948 Berlin Airlift.

Director: George Seaton
Stars: Montgomery Clift, Paul Douglas, Cornell Borchers
Niloofar (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Forced into marriage, a thirteen year old Iraqi girl battles with her femininity in search for freedom.

Director: Sabine El Gemayel
Stars: Amir Aghaee, Mobina Aynehdar, Nayereh Farahani
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

"Dakota," a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theatre and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Cheryl Walker, William Terry, Judith Anderson
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A group of nurses returning from the war in the Phillippines recall their experiences in combat and in love.

Director: Mark Sandrich
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake
Mutiny (1952)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Early in the War of 1812, Captain James Marshall is commissioned to run the British blockade and fetch an unofficial war loan from France. As first mate, Marshall recruits Ben Waldridge, a ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Mark Stevens, Angela Lansbury, Patric Knowles
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The WW II romance set in Grosvenor square aka Eisenhower's home wherethe GIs stayed in London. Neagle loves Harrison. There arrives patriot GI Dean Jagger to rouse things up in the square. ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox
Stars: Anna Neagle, Rex Harrison, Dean Jagger
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

British settlers travel to Masai country in Kenya.

Director: George P. Breakston
Stars: Robert Urquhart, John Bentley, Susan Stephen
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Kimihiko Onizuka is a salaryman infatuated with maiko (apprentice geisha) and whose greatest goal in life is to play a party game called "yakyuken" with one.

Director: Nobuo Mizuta
Stars: Sadao Abe, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Ko Shibasaki
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young journalist (Lespert) helps the French President compile his memoirs.

Director: Robert Guédiguian
Stars: Michel Bouquet, Jalil Lespert, Philippe Fretun
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Elizabeth and John say good-bye as John leaves to go to war. When the war ends, Elizabeth receives a telegram that John has been killed in action. She finds comfort in Larry and they marry.... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, George Brent
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Florence Desmond ...
Betty Sommers
...
Colonel Suga
Sylvia Andrew ...
Henrietta
Mark Keuning ...
George Keith
Phyllis Morris ...
Sister Rose
Howard Chuman ...
Lieutenant Nekata
Edit

Storyline

The true story of Agnes Newton Keith's imprisonment in several Japanese prisoner-of-war camps from 1941 to the end of WWII. Separated from her husband and with a young son to care for she has many difficulties to face. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of one woman's confinement in a WW II Japanese prison camp

Genres:

War | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

20 February 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Captives à Bornéo  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kim Spalding and Kermit Whitfield were announced as being in this movie in the film trade press but apparently their short scene together was cut before the film was released. They had portrayed US Navy officers who encourage Harry and Agnes Newton Keith to desert Sandakan. Apparently though, Whitfield still appears in the film uncredited as Commander Pritchard. See more »

Goofs

Colonel Suga says he attended the University of Washington for four years and Agnes reveals that she attended Berkeley. Suga goes on to say that Cal "murdered" Washington's football team. However, Tatsugi Suga arrived at Washington in 1924 and during the next four seasons California never defeated Washington. Only one football game would fit Suga's description: a 33-0 loss in 1933. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Agnes Newton Keith: Six-degrees north of the Equator, in the heart of the East Indies, lies Sandakan, the tiny capital of British North Borneo. In Sandakan in 1941, there were 15 thousand Asiatics, 79 Europeans, and 1 American. I was the American. My name is Agnes Keith. I was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. My husband is Harry Keith, a colonial official of British North Borneo. Borneo became my home when Harry and I were married. And it was in ...
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King
(uncredited)
Traditional
Lyrics attributed to Henry Carey
Sung by the women in the camp
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Well acted and remarkably temperate
4 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good performances and scripting enhance this tale of hardship and endurance set in a Japanese internment camp in Borneo during World War II. Miss Colbert's performance in particular is always convincing and often riveting. Also noteworthy is Sessue Hayakawa's sensitive portrayal of the outwardly stern but inwardly humane Col. Suga.

Considering that this film was released only five years after the end of World War II, when anti-Japanese feeling was still very much present in the U.S., it's surprising that the horrors of life in Japanese captivity aren't played up more. Several instances of casual and calculated brutality are shown, but there is little here to compare with the shocking (and realistic) scenes in the much more recent film "Paradise Road." And the range of characterizations among the Japanese should be a welcome surprise to those who dismiss wartime and postwar American attitudes as uniformly jingoistic and racist. Yes, some of the Japanese are wantonly cruel, but others are obviously sympathetic to the prisoners, and as noted above, Col. Suga emerges not only as a reasonable commander but also as a noble man who can resist the temptation to take out his own grief and anger on the prisoners. Sadly, there were few men like Col. Suga in the real Borneo camps.

One unfortunate oversight: the action of the film covers almost four years of imprisonment and deprivation, but the prisoners appear just about as well-fed and energetic at the end as when they arrived.


20 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
'Australian' prisoners — what a joke eugenie51
not the best title dr4sight
A gripping movie from beginning to end jreedha
quite a nice touching movie keith-298
One of the best noname1479
Is George still alive? eugenie51
Discuss Three Came Home (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?