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Cease Fire! (1953)

Approved  |   |  Documentary, War  |  24 November 1953 (USA)
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A real military action during the last year of the Korean War is re-enacted on the spot with real soldiers.



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Cast overview:
Roy Thompson Jr. ...
Himself (as Captain Roy Thompson Jr.)
Henry Goszkowski ...
Himself (as Corporal Henry Goszkowski)
Richard Karl Elliott ...
Himself (as Sergeant Richard Karl Elliott)
Albert Bernard Cook ...
Himself (as Sergeant First Class Albert Bernard Cook)
Johnnie L. Mayes ...
Himself (as Private Johnnie L. Mayes)
Cheong Yul Bak ...
Himself - South Korean Soldier
Howard E. Strait ...
Himself (as Sergeant First Class Howard E. Strait)
Gilbert L. Gazaille ...
Himself (as Private First Class Gilbert L. Gazaille)
Harry L. Hofelich ...
Himself (as Private First Class Harry L. Hofelich)
Charlie W. Owen ...
Himself (as Corporal Charlie W. Owen)
Harold D. English ...
Himself (as Corporal Harold D. English)
Edmund Joseph Pruchniewski ...
Himself (as Private First Class Edmund Joseph Pruchniewski)
Otis Wright ...
Himself (as Private Otis Wright)
Ricardo Carrasco ...
Himself (as Private First Class Ricardo Carrasco)
John Maxwell ...
Himself - War Correspondent


In this documentary, actual American soldiers and others re-enact a real Korean War operation, with some real battle footage, filmed some time before the actual truce. The story: with peace supposedly imminent, Lieut. Thompson and 13 men of his platoon are ordered on a deep scouting mission to check for last-minute treachery. Assorted perils are encountered, ending with a decidedly un-peaceful battle. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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24 November 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die letzte Patrouille  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe (1856)
Original lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
New lyrics by Owen Crump
Sung by soldiers during march
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Soldiers Play Themselves - Badly
16 July 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The Korean War 1950-53 was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th Century but quickly became known as " The Forgotten War " Much of this is down to the fact that it took place between the Second World War and The Vietnam War . In the 1950s everyone used the different theaters of conflict of the second world war to make both anti-war and pro-war statements . By the time Robert Altman sussed out black comedy could be used as a theme for the conflict in MASH and that film and its subsequent long running TV series were already seen as metaphors for Vietnam . Indeed it's a common mistake but a popular one that MASH is set during the Vietnam War of the 1960s . The Korean War remains the Forgotten War

This docudrama entitled CEASE FIRE sets out to show the war as it was and its realism is its selling point and casts real soldiers playing themselves . It's a noble effort but one that's doomed to failure . As my fellow IMDb members on this page who have taken the time and trouble to write a comment both are in agreement that in order to be so convincing it ends up becoming unconvincing . The problem is the actors who aren't actors at all but soldiers playing themselves are unable to put any dramatic emphasis in to their lines and this is a constant distraction to the movie . The war was categorized by if not outright victory being within sight then at least an armistice of sorts , only for another series of bloody battles being fought which became indicative of the conflict . CEASE FIRE tries to emphasise this cruel feature where hopes are quickly dashed but constant stilted and wooden delivery by the cast means much of the drama is lost as is audience involvement . It's a glorious defeat by the film makers but a defeat nevertheless

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