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The Rack (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 2 November 1956 (USA)
A decorated Korean War hero inexplicably collaborates with the enemy while interred in a POW camp and is court-martialed.

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Aggie Hall
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Caroline
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Col. Ira Hansen
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Captain Edward Hall returns to the USA after two years in a prison camp in the Korean war. In the camp he was brainwashed and helped the Chinese convince the other prisoners that they were fighting an unjust war. When he comes back he is charged for collaboration with the enemy. Where does loyalty end in a prison camp, when the camp is a living hell? Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Anklage: Hochverrat  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

With "The Rack" Pidgeon ended a nineteen year association with MGM that had begun in 1937 with "Saratoga," ironically Jean Harlow's last film. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, Col. Hall, Sr., take a drink of water and then puts the paper cup down on the water cooler cabinet. In the next shot, as he is walking away, the paper cup is gone. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Sam Moulton: What did you do?
Capt. John R. Miller: [Refering to his Chinese captors] Oh, I was mad. I called them things they didn't need an interpretor for.
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The Last Time I Saw Paris
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Music by Jerome Kern
Hummed by Walter Pidgeon
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Good film, good acting, great theme.
20 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had never even heard of this film when I caught it on TCM this morning. It is a well acted, well written drama that showcases the early, developing talent of Paul Newman in a very becoming light. Edmund O'Brien and Ann Francis are also particularly engaging, as is the conflicted prosecutor played by Wendell Corey. Probably the highlight of the movie is a fantastic scene between Newman and his father, played by Walter Pigeon. All in all, a very good movie dealing with the trauma of war and the dysfunction of family life. 7 stars may be a little low for this one. It is extremely entertaining and thought provoking.


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