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Sergeant Ryker (1968)

During the Korean War Sergeant Paul Ryker is accused of defecting to Communist China and then returning to his unit as a spy.He's court-martialed and sentenced to death but his attorney believes Ryker's innocent and asks for a new trial.

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Capt. David Young (archive footage)
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Maj. Whitaker (archive footage)
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Ann Ryker (archive footage)
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Gen. Amos Bailey (archive footage)
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Capt. Appleton (archive footage)
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Sgt. Max Winkler (archive footage)
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Sgt. Paul Ryker (archive footage)
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Col. Arthur Merriam (archive footage)
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Cpl. Jenks (archive footage)
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Maj. Kitchener - The Law Officer (archive footage)
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During the Korean War Sergeant Paul Ryker is accused of defecting to Communist China and then returning to his unit as a spy.He's court-martialed and sentenced to death but his attorney believes in Ryker's innocence and pleads for a new trial. Written by nufs68

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COMMIE MAJOR...or U.S. SERGEANT? There's a bullet at one end...and a hangman's noose at the other! See more »

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1 February 1968 (USA)  »

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Clamor de Justicia  »

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Filmed in 1963, when Lee Marvin was still a character actor. See more »

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Mrs. Ryker tells Captain Young that she stole a Red Cross uniform from an Army supply depot. Aside from the impossibility of an unauthorized civilian sneaking into a combat zone in Korea, it would also be impossible for Mrs. Ryker to get onto a closely guarded U.S. Army base and into a supply depot. See more »

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Using up the scraps
12 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

The release of "Seargant Ryker" on tape was beautifully timed to take advantage of Lee Marvin's 'discovery' after 25 years of character acting. There was a brief shining moment when he won an Oscar, top billing and much better parts. However, this movie is a cobbled-together version of a two-part television drama. This drama originally served as the pilot for the series "Court Martial" which predated "JAG" by a few years. (When 'Court Martial hit the air, it was moved to WWII England, as opposed to the Korean War locale of "Ryker.") A few combat sequences were tacked on to "Ryker" make it look like an action film, which it isn't. It's a talky courtroom drama - but some of the talk is first-rate, as is BradfordDillman's performance as the reluctant defender. He's the one that's on screen most of the time, holding the plot together with the strength of baling wire. Vera Miles was always a competent actress, but never a star; she exuded a likable prettiness. If I sound mild about Miles, it's because she never moved me much. Dillman, on the other hand, did - he labored under a terrible handicap in the movies:he couldn't hide the fact that he had been to school, knew which fork to use, and was obviously bright. He was a better-than-good actor (see the underrated "Circle of Deception") and is definitely worth watching here.


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