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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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Paul Newman, a wonderful new star! See more »

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Drama | War

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2 November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Rack  »

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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 closing scene inside the courtroom, Capt. Miller (Lee Marvin) conspicuously comes in and sits down in a chair right next to the door, against the back wall. We see him there in a couple of close-up shots, but in several wide camera shots taken from the front of the courtroom, he is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Sam Moulton: [Addressing the jury, presenting the closing arguments for the prosecution] Gentlemen, in answer to Col Wasnick's moving plea, I should like to say that, while in some instances society may seem to be responsible for an individual criminal and his crime, this does not release society of the further responsibility of bringing the criminal to justice. For to collaborate with the enemy in time of war is a crime. It does to a country exactly what murder does to an individual. The defense has only ...
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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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rarely seen film that's well above average
7 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Caught this rarity on TCM. Much heavy duty talent is involved in this production - Rod Serling as writer, and the acting talents of Paul Newman (his second screen appearance), Edmund O'Brien, Walter Pigeon, and Anne Francis, with bits by Lee Marvin and Chloris Leachman, even! The effort must be marked as a success, with an even-handed treatment of the issue of "breaking point" in a war when the Koreans openly sought to crush their POW's thru "brainwashing", a term that came into currency at that particular time. The cut and dried atmosphere of the courtroom proceedings are balanced by portrayals of the personal effects of the tragedy on the principals, especially the searing scenes between Newman/Hall and his father. A thoughtful film dealing with a major issue of the day, that is well worth seeing.


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