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War Hunt (1962)

 -  Drama | War  -  May 1962 (USA)
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Recruits head to the front lines towards the close of the Korean War. The interaction between two of the soldiers...an idealistic newcomer and a psychotic who goes on one-man patrols ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Pvt. Raymond Endore
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Capt. Wallace Pratt
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Sgt. Owen Van Horn
Tommy Matsuda ...
Charlie the Korean Kid
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Pvt. Crotty
Anthony Ray ...
Pvt. Joshua Fresno
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Sgt. Stan Showalter
William Challee ...
Lt. Colonel
Nancy Hsueh ...
Mama San
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Pvt. Roy Loomis
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Recruits head to the front lines towards the close of the Korean War. The interaction between two of the soldiers...an idealistic newcomer and a psychotic who goes on one-man patrols slitting enemy throats under cover of night...and the orphan boy who comes between them is examined. The Cease-Fire brings the three to a final resolution. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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The Hell of War. See more »

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Drama | War

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May 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El que mató por placer  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Producer Terry Sanders sent the script to the Pentagon in the hope that they would provide some hardware assistance. The Army objected to many portions of the script including a private soldier being an independent professional killer with his commanding officer's approval, a captain calling a sergeant an idiot and several other scenes which the military felt were too gruesome to be in good taste. See more »

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Pvt. Roy Loomis: Once you get out of training, you're funneled into what's called the pipeline, and you become a number while you're traveling in it, until you get spewed out somewhere at the other end. After you land, you look for signs of war. A bullet scar in a wall, a bombed out building. You don't have to look very hard. You see a lot of poverty, kids starving. When you get out of the trucks after the ship and the train, you know the pipeline is carrying you further toward the front. You're ...
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Ingenious, deeply stimulating, and cautiously photographed...

The 'psychotic' hero is an essay captured in two fine War films: Donald Siegal's "Hell Is For Heroes"— the story of a sergeant who for being psychotic embarked on suicidal heroic missions, and our distinguished film "War Hunt."

The picture is clearly stated and openly defined... Pvt. Raymond Endore (John Saxon) goes out at night on 'solitary' patrols... The information he brings back is very useful for Capt. Wallace Pratt (Charles Aidman) whose posture toward Endore is 'paternal' gratification...

But the strong reason to his voluntary patrol is to murder... He is a ritual killer practicing a formal act with his knife, and after finishing with his victim, he stands behind the body in mystical meditation...

Even after the cease-fire on the Korean front, Endore extends his night patrols... This 'psycho' mind is already sick, and there is nothing to be done to narrow his actions...

With just one major battle scene, "War Hunt" is absolutely a penetrating study of War drama, focusing on its traumatic effects: The 'fighting' soldier and the 'non-fighting' man...

"War Hunt" is ingenious, deeply stimulating, and cautiously photographed... The extraordinary hand-to-hand fight, between Redford and the Chinese soldier, proves it...

John Saxon is terrific as the tormentor and Robert Redford (in his film's debut) is excellent as the idealistic Pvt. Roy Loomis...


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