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Prisoner of War (1954)

Approved | | Drama, War | 4 May 1954 (USA)
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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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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Col. Kim Doo Yi
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Merton Tollivar
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Benjamin Julesberg
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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 button-down-the-side Chinese jacket that Dewey Martin wears in two scenes with Oskar Homolka was originally worn by Paul Muni in The Good Earth (1937). See more »

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Lt. Georgi M. Robovnik: Yes indeed.
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A much too rarely seen screen gem that needs to be watched.
7 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Prisoner of War is one of my most favorite Ronald Reagan film. This movie also deserves the title of: "Classic" because it is just that, a classic.

Reagan is on a mission to infiltrate a POW camp by being behind enemy lines and once so, shortly manages to slip into line with a column of American prisoners being force-marched to a Chinese ran pow camp. The prisoners are starved and beaten and severely mistreated all the way to the camp. The camp is actually worse than the march was and could easily be called a: "Hell Camp." This hell camp is actually under the tender loving care of the Russians.

Reagan, once inside the pow camp, has to find a way to send messages to his commanding officer, on the conditions inside the pow camp. Reagan does so by joining a VERY small group of American pows who appear to turn traitor. They are of course, hated by all the other pows at that camp and soon they make radio broadcasts telling about ""how well they are being treated"" and ind doing so, that is how Reagan manages to use such a cunning code, that the Chinese and Russians never knew that he was doing so.

All the while, the camp guards try to break the morale of all the American pows by starvation, torture etc. Steve Forest portrays an Americam pow who's will just cannot be broken; no matter what the Russians do to him.

This movie is a bit of a flag-waver but, that is essential as part of this movie. This is another one of those great movies that is rarely shown and really deserves to be shown as much as movies like: The Great Escape and The Dirty Dozen.

This movie also needs to be released on DVD so that we all can enjoy viewing it.


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