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The Rack (1956)

Passed  -  Drama | War  -  2 November 1956 (USA)
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A decorated Korean War hero inexplicably collaborates with the enemy while interred in a POW camp and is court-martialed.

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Capt. Edward W. Hall, Jr.
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Maj. Sam Moulton
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Col. Edward W. Hall, Sr.
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Lt. Col. Frank Wasnick
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Aggie Hall
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Capt. John R. Miller
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Caroline
Robert Burton ...
Col. Ira Hansen
Robert F. Simon ...
Law Officer (as Robert Simon)
Trevor Bardette ...
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Sgt. Otto Pahnke
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Millard Chilson Cassidy
Fay Roope ...
Col. Dudley Smith
Barry Atwater ...
Maj. Byron Phillips
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Storyline

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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All the drama, the suspense, the power of "The Caine Mutiny"! See more »

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Drama | War

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2 November 1956 (USA)  »

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Anklage: Hochverrat  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 1956, Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis appeared as father and daughter in "Forbidden Planet" and then as father-in-law and daughter-in-law in this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Major Moulten first sees Captain Hall's file, as Colonel Hansen leaves the room the shadow of the boom can be seen on the wall above him. See more »

Quotes

Captain Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Coming into Ed's darkened bedroom in a very agitated state] Ed! Ed!
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Drowsily] What time is it?
Captain Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Angrily] Get up!
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Waking up] What's the matter?
Captain Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Angrily] Get up!
Captain Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Ed gets up] All right... I want to ask you a question. I want a simple, direct yes or no answer. Did you collaborate with the enemy?
Captain Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Ed appears stunned by the question] Did you collaborate with the enemy?
Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Deliberately] Yes, I did.
Captain Edward W. Hall Jr.: [Screaming emotionally] Why didn't yuh die? Why didn'y yuh die like your brother did? It would have been much ...
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Remake of The United States Steel Hour: The Rack (1955) See more »

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The Last Time I Saw Paris
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Music by Jerome Kern
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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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