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War Hunt (1962)

 |  Drama, War  |  May 1962 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
Pvt. Raymond Endore
Capt. Wallace Pratt
Sgt. Owen Van Horn
Tommy Matsuda ...
Pvt. Crotty
Anthony Ray ...
Pvt. Joshua Fresno
Sgt. Stan Showalter
William Challee ...
Lt. Colonel
Nancy Hsueh ...
Mama San
Pvt. Roy Loomis


Recruits head to the front lines towards the close of the Korean War. The interaction between two of the 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 <>

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The Hell of War. See more »


Drama | War


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Release Date:

May 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El que mató por placer  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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One of the truck drivers on the production was Francis Ford Coppola and one of the electricians was Noel Black. See more »


[first lines]
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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The Unstable Killer and the Rookie
6 September 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Dark, atmospheric, stylish film telling the story of combat as seen through the eyes of a newcomer, baby-faced Robert Redford, at a wartime trench camp in Korea, 1953. The story basically follows this man's experiences dealing with the others in their little platoon barracks - particularly a very odd man (played by John Saxon) who first appears on screen in a most memorable style - his mud-covered face suddenly appearing in close-up, completely filling the screen. This man likes to go out alone at night with his face darkened, on his own private "war hunt" as he knifes to death Koreans hiding in trench holes. This man's sidekick at camp is a young, orphaned Korean boy who seems to worship the older man. At one point, we watch Redford's character as he faces great fear during his first experience in combat; he also desires to help the young boy and faces many confrontations with the "war hunter"/mud man.

This is a very unusual film - powerful, gripping and interesting, the story moved along via voice-over narration by Redford as his character relates his experiences. The film features excellent, thoughtful camera-work including many facial close-ups, and many dark, night-time scenes that gives a haunting feeling to the action. The background music reminded me in style of that often heard during "Twilight Zone" or even "Star Trek" episodes - a sort of 60s sci-fi feeling to it, in a way. The film opens and closes with a nicely done, sentimental chorus of Korean children. An excellent film all around.

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