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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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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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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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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

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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Memorable performance by Paul Newman
31 January 2002 | by (Trivandrum, Kerala, India) – See all my reviews

Paul Newman has impressed me in "Cool Hand Luke" and in this film his performance ranges from the "cool" to the frail man in the duration of the movie.

Among films based on courtroom trials this one is remarkable. It rates alongside Bruce Beresford's Australian film "Breaker Morant" and the British film "Term of Trial."

A major feather in the cap is the ending, which is a clever touch by the director Arnold Laven. Any other ending would have made the film less poignant.

The development of the relationship between Newman's character and that of Annie Francis' Aggie is again worthy of note. Lee Marvin's small role catches your attention though it is not his finest by any measure.

All in all this film should be given more publicity, as the theme is relevant today as it was when it was made.


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