Hell in Korea (1956)
"A Hill in Korea" (original title)

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In 1951 during the Korean War retreat a small British re-con group is surrounded by Chinese troops and holds out in a lonely temple atop a hill.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Butler
Sgt. Payne
Cpl. Ryker
Michael Medwin ...
Pvt. Docker
Ronald Lewis ...
Pvt. Wyatt
Pvt. Sims
Victor Maddern ...
Pvt. Lindop
Harry Landis ...
Pvt. Rabin
Pvt. O'Brien
Barry Lowe ...
Pvt. Neill
LCpl. Hodge
Charles Laurence ...
Pvt. Kim
Pvt. Moon
Eric Corrie ...
Pvt. Matthews
David Morrell ...
Pvt. Henson


In 1951 during the Korean War general retreat of United Nations Forces a small British re-con platoon finds itself cut-off from the main British force.The platoon is led by Lieutenant Butler and Sergeant Payne.Corporals Ryker and Hodge are in charge of the men.After executing a search and destroy mission in an abandoned and booby-trapped Korean village the platoon heads toward rice fields but finds itself surrounded by Chinese enemy troops.When sending for help becomes no option Lieutenant Butler decides to closer investigate the isolated Korean temple perched atop a steep hill.The temple seems to be a good defensible position for the platoon but it's located at the top of the steep hill with only a sheer cliff to its rear. Written by nufs68

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14 October 1957 (Sweden)  »

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Remarkable British Cast In Unremarkable British Film
6 May 2002 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The Korean war seems to have posed a bit of a problem with film makers . It wasn`t untill Vietnam that screenwriters and directors tried to profound statements on the nature of conflict and wear their anti war sentiments on their sleeves. To all intents and purposes you could rewrite any Korean war film script without any problem . Indeed you could change the place names and you`d have the exact same story , and that`s the problem with A HILL IN KOREA , it could be set during the North African campaign of 1941 or the Burma campaign of 1942 or the Italian campaign of 1944 and it`d be the exact same film. The only telling difference is if it`d been set during the Second World War it would have starred John Mills.

It`s the casting of this film that makes it memorable, we have early roles for stalwarts of British cinema in the 60s and 70s: George Baker , Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker and Percy Herbert . And very early appearances by Robert Shaw , Stephen Boyd and Michael Caine ( Caine actually being an UN soldier in the Korean war ) who would all make it big in Hollywood. Sadly that`s the only memorable aspect on this film about " The forgotten war " . Forgotten that is except for the people who survived it

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