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Release Date:
29 March 1973 (USA) See more »
Dramatization showing the 1968 seizure of the spy ship, Pueblo, by the North Koreans and the treatment... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Riveting and harrowing. See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

Hal Holbrook ... Capt. Lloyd Bucher

Ronny Cox ... Signalman

Andrew Duggan ... Congressman
Stephen Elliott ... RAdm. F.L. Johnson
Mary Fickett ... Rose Bucher
Larry Gates ... American Negotiator
George Grizzard ... Court Counsel
Paul Hecht ... Lt. S.R. Harris
Alan Hewitt ... Congressional Chairman

James Hong ... Super C

Barnard Hughes ... Secretary of the Navy

Robert Ito ... North Korean Negotiator

Gary Merrill ... Adm. Thomas E. Moorer

Richard Mulligan ... CWO G.H. Lacy

John Randolph ... Lt. Gen. S.J. McKee
Darryl Wells ... Lt. (j.g.) F.C. Schumaker
Lenny Baker ... Ens. T.L. Harris
Ralph Bell ... Presiding Officer
Don Blakely ... BM3 W.C. Bussell
Peter Gorwin ... Radio Operator

Richard Herd ... Lt. Cmdr. C. Clark

Earl Hindman ... QMT Charles B. Law, Jr.
John Horn ... CIC J.F. Kell
David Huffman ... Seaman
Calvin Jung ... North Korean Guard
Alan Koss ... HCI H.P. Baldridge

Peter Masterson ... ENC M.O. Goldman
Michael Parish ... North Korean Guard
Addison Powell ... Commissioning Officer

Sab Shimono ... North Korean Officer
Philip Sterling ... Court of Inquiry Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Harvey Keitel ... Seaman (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Page 
Writing credits
Stanley R. Greenberg (written by)

Produced by
Robert Berger .... supervising producer
Herbert Brodkin .... producer
Phil Stein .... associate producer
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
Cinematography by
Roz Bigelow 
Everett Melosh 
Film Editing by
Alfred Muller (video tape)
Sound Department
Al Gramaglia .... sound re-recording mixer
Bud Nolan .... sound editor
Michael Schindler .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Kerr .... camera operator
Morris Mann .... camera operator
John Morreale .... camera operator
Michael W. Rebich .... camera operator
Bob Wolff .... camera operator
Other crew
Lou Marchand .... technical director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pueblo Affair" - USA (alternative title)
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USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Riveting and harrowing., 17 October 2009
Author: steelerstwin from United States

This television movie is much like a stage play, videotaped for TV. It is absolutely riveting. I was a child at the time it originally aired and I knew nothing of the Pueblo incident, but I soon learned the entire, harrowing story, thanks in part to this excellent drama.

Hal Holbrook, normally very good in any role he tackles, is superb as Commander Lloyd Bucher. The story involves the illegal capture of the American spy ship U.S.S. Pueblo off the North Korean coast in January of 1968. After the capture the U.S. Navy tried to use Bucher as a scapegoat for surrendering without firing a shot, but his actions resulted in saving the lives of all but one of his crewmen. Holbrook is excellent as the tortured Bucher (both emotionally and physically) who has to struggle to keep him men alive and his dignity intact. Holbrook (just like the real Bucher) manages to do both.

I do not know who directed this stage-play picture, but it was wonderfully done. The grim torture scenes are not too explicit but there's always a gloomy, ominous air of fear in the flashback scenes. It really affected me as a kid and it has always stuck with me.

Holbrook does a great job in the court-room scenes and the viewer gets a tremendous feeling of empathy for him as he battles his injuries, his emotional hatred of the North Koreans and his own superior officers who are looking anywhere but at themselves for the blame.

There's a fine supporting cast including the always-reliable Ronny Cox.

Anyone who appreciates fine drama should see this. This harrowing story is even more poignant because it is true. We should not forget the heroes of the U.S.S. Pueblo... this film allows us the chance to always remember.

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