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Complete credited cast:
Sgt. P.J. Briscoe
Pvt. O.A. Dennison (as Robert Walker)
Pvt. V.R. Hackett
Pancho Magalona ...
Kim aka 'The Gook' (as Enrique Magalona)
Capt. Van Ryn
John Bleifer ...
Mark Miller ...
Lt. D.D. Troy
John Alderson ...
Crewman Svenson
Anders Andelius ...
Crewman Andelius
Frank Richards ...
Crewman Kaskevitch
Barnaby Hale ...
John Gilgreen ...
Ralph Ahn ...
Major Chun
Dallas Mitchell ...
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During an evacuation in the waning days of the Korean War, three American soldiers retrieve an enemy airman and take him prisoner aboard the civilian ship returning them to their lines. When an order comes down from their superiors to kill the prisoner, the sergeant in charge, Briscoe, orders his men, Dennison and Hackett, to carry out the execution. But first one and then the other refuse to follow the order. A tense stand-off ensues between the seemingly heartless sergeant and his conscience-stricken men. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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This is a story of men in war not men at war.


Drama | War


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Release Date:

24 July 1963 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A csapda  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The name of the ship in the movie is the Ahti, a cargo ship of Finnish registry. See more »


[last lines]
Pvt. O.A. Dennison: Nice day.
Sgt. P.J. Briscoe: Kid, any day a war ends is a nice day.
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Unexpectedly Compelling
12 July 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I enjoy watching movies and will most often make a selection because of the actors, then maybe because of the theme, or occasionally because of a recommendation. "The Hook" is a movie that I had never heard of, so seeing Kirk Douglas on the cover is what hooked me for this war movie. Also Robert Walker Jr is someone that I first saw in TV's _"Star Trek" (1966) {Charlie X (#1.2)}_ (qv) playing a 17yr boy, so what would he be like in a movie produced 3 years earlier.

The opening of this movie includes "This is a story of men in war, not men at war. And the two are not the same." To understand my view, I am a baby-boomer who has never served in the military, but I have known many who have served. Most of these men don't really talk about their experiences, so I often wonder if my views on war movies would be very different of those people who have served. My preference would be that countries would not be at war, but regardless of this I believe we need to support those who chose to serve in the roles in which they are assigned.

"The Hook" is a title that showed no relevance before I watched the movie, and I never did catch. Is this an anti-war movie, or a personal interaction story, or war conflict drama, and this question repeats itself for 90 minutes. Regardless the movie itself is compelling. We are engaged with three surviving servicemen vacating a military post upon a 'neutral' merchant vessel, plus an enemy retrieved after he has bailed from his failing aircraft. Your journey is to imagine your response to their scenarios. Would you have rescued the enemy at all? How would you treat him on this merchant ship? Just imagine how you would respond to engaging an enemy on the battlefield; how is it different or the same, across an eating table? Kirk Douglas, Robert Walked, and Nick Adams are the enlisted men facing these scenarios.

I enjoyed this movie, in spite of moments of "I wouldn't do that!". The movie is a must for Kirk Douglas fans, and highly recommended for anyone interested in war movies. I don't know if actual enlisted people would behave this way, but "The Hook" is wonderfully acted and does not need the tonnage of special effects that are today's production norms.

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