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The Hook (1963)

 -  Drama | War  -  24 July 1963 (France)
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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. ... See full summary »

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Sgt. P.J. Briscoe
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Pvt. O.A. Dennison (as Robert Walker)
Nick Adams ...
Pvt. V.R. Hackett
Pancho Magalona ...
Kim aka 'The Gook' (as Enrique Magalona)
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Capt. Van Ryn
John Bleifer ...
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Mark Miller ...
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John Alderson ...
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Anders Andelius ...
Crewman Andelius
Frank Richards ...
Crewman Kaskevitch
William Challee ...
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Ralph Ahn ...
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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.

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24 July 1963 (France)  »

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The Korean War started on June 25th, 1950 and ended in armistice on 27th of July, 1953. See more »

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[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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Fair serious drama
14 August 1999 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Kirk Douglas runs the gamut of emotion from about A to C, and most of the rest of the performances are similarly limited. In other words, some better actors would have made this a better picture. The most convincing performance comes from Enrique Mangalona as the POW, who, speaking no English, is almost silent throughout.

It's by no means action-packed. The action all takes place on board a neutral ship, on which three US servicemen wrestle with their consciences which get in the way of their murdering a Korean POW.

It's a psychological think-piece, but it's tense and quite involving. It's not in the class of Twelve Angry Men, but it's that sort of genre.

Not worth staying in for, or renting the video, but very likely better than the crud on the other channels, given that it's most likely to be shown as a space filler in the small hours.


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