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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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Cpl. Ryker
Michael Medwin ...
Pvt. Docker
Ronald Lewis ...
Pvt. Wyatt
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Victor Maddern ...
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Harry Landis ...
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Barry Lowe ...
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Charles Laurence ...
Pvt. Kim
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Eric Corrie ...
Pvt. Matthews
David Morrell ...
Pvt. Henson
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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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Back in the summer of 1955 the British Production Crew of "Hell in Korea" under director Julian Aymes, was on location on the mountain of Montejunto, in Portugal. Portugal was chosen as the facsimile location to Korea, due to it's geographical similarities, even though Michael Caine who served as technical consultant/actor on the production, begged to differ.

Joseph Valador who recently turned 85 years old, served as a liaison/interpreter between the British filming crew and Portuguese.

Joseph arranged to have the Portuguese military planes fly over the designated shoot location and time. He also served as an assistant to the director Julian Aymes in the critical scene where the Koreans burn down the village, acting the part as the Korean leader. Joseph was thanked by the director for his excellent direction/communication with the Portuguese end of the shoot, having saved the crew from re-building the village set. Joseph co-ordinated the flying of the Portuguese air force, which was used in the jet flying and bombing scene. Also to be noted was his involvement as stunt/extra where he acts the part of the Korean soldier falling of the horse when the platoon is discovered while hiding in the brush. See more »

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Jolly good show
19 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Stalwart little "Sunday Afternoon" war film with all the right ingredients - excellent cast of British character actors with requisite mix of seasoned pro's (Andrews, Landis, Maddern) and young up & comers (Boyd, Shaw, Caine), simple but gripping plot with salty "it's-a-dog's-life-in-the-army-but-orders-is-orders" dialogue, well staged action scenes, "friendly" US planes bombing British troops etc etc. Well worth an hour or so of your time.


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