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Prisoner of War (1954)

 -  Drama | War  -  4 May 1954 (USA)
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An American army officer, troubled by reports of brutality, volunteers to investigate conditions inside North Korean POW camps. He parachutes behind enemy lines and infiltrates a group of ... See full summary »

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Webb Sloane
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Cpl. Joseph Robert Stanton
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Jesse Treadman
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Col. Nikita I. Biroshilov (as Oscar Homolka)
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Francis Aloysius Belney
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Capt. Jack Hodges
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Lt. Georgi M. Robovnik
Leonard Strong ...
Col. Kim Doo Yi
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Merton Tollivar
Weaver Levy ...
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Rollin Moriyama ...
Capt. Lang Hyun Choi
Ike Jones ...
Benjamin Julesberg
Clarence Lung ...
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Axel Horstrom
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An American army officer, troubled by reports of brutality, volunteers to investigate conditions inside North Korean POW camps. He parachutes behind enemy lines and infiltrates a group of G.I.s being marched to one of these camps. There, he witnesses scenes of G.I.s being brainwashed, beaten, subjected to mock executions, deprived of food and water, and tortured in a variety of ways under the supervision of a Russian colonel. While reaction to this treatment varies, the officer is heartened to learn that American soldiers are still a courageous and enduring force. Written by dinky-4

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THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT LIFE IN THE P.O.W. CAMPS! (original print ad - all caps)

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Drama | War

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4 May 1954 (USA)  »

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Prisonnier de guerre  »

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Capt. Robert H. Wise, who lost 90 pounds in a North Korean POW camp, served as the film's technical advisor and attested that all the torture scenes in the movie were based on actual incidents. See more »

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Francis Aloysius Belney: [under torture] I'll sign!
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Pretty harsh for '54
26 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not a very good movie but according to the info it's pretty accurate in depicting torture techniques. The purpose of the film was to show the brutality of the NK POW camps and that's done effectively enough, with surprising frankness for the time. Whatever technical flaws exist (and there are plenty) by watching this you'll see a forgotten corner of a forgotten war and some pretty nasty stuff - again, nasty because it's being done north of the DMZ and not in Guantanamo Bay.

I don't think any of the Korean veterans brought up his torture when running for office, and if you watch the movies like this one and Pork Chop Hill in comparison to the Vietnam films. I don't know if it was the people in '54 being trapped in the WWII concepts (the boys tend to wisecrack a lot) or the war or what, but it's interesting to see this from the same system that 16 years later would be making movies like "Go Tell The Spartans".


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