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When Hell Was in Session (1979)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  8 October 1979 (USA)
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This film describes Navy Commander Jeremiah Denton's 7 and a half years as a prisoner of war. Held in numerous, brutal POW camps, he faced starvation, torture and terrible living conditions... See full summary »

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Cmdr. Jeremiah A. Denton
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Jane Denton
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Maj. Bai
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Maj. Frank Perrin
Renne Jarrett ...
Nancy Tschudy
Richard Evans ...
Lt. Alec Vardis
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Nguyen
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Lt. Jim Norton
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Lt. Bill Grainger (as Stephen Keep)
Byron Chung ...
Quoc
William Kirby Cullen ...
Jerry Denton
Paul Mantee ...
Capt. Brown
Rod Browning ...
Ed Brandt
Rod McCary ...
T.V. Host
Ric Carrott ...
Lt. Hadley
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This film describes Navy Commander Jeremiah Denton's 7 and a half years as a prisoner of war. Held in numerous, brutal POW camps, he faced starvation, torture and terrible living conditions brought on by his North Vietnamese captors in an effort to keep communication alive between the prisoners. His wife, Jane, is also arranging a POW wives league in the U.S. in order to popularize their plight. Written by mike407

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A must see film!!
10 December 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see this film back in the early 80's on late night television (long before cable and satellite TV). I only saw it once, but it left a very lasting impression on me. To see the torture on POW's like that is a total cry against humanity. I was literally fighting back tears watching this film, finding it hard to believe that this sort of activity occurs during wartime. My hat goes off to Col. Denton, and I hope more people will learn of his account. He is worthy of all the highest military honors possible. I hope this film doesn't gather dust for too long, and will be shown again soon!


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