The Hanoi Hilton (1987)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  23 May 1987 (Taiwan)
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A drama focusing on the suffering, torture, and brutal treatment the American P.O.W.s had to deal with daily while in North Vietnam's Hoa Lo Prison, the most infamous P.O.W. camp in Hanoi. ... See full summary »



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A drama focusing on the suffering, torture, and brutal treatment the American P.O.W.s had to deal with daily while in North Vietnam's Hoa Lo Prison, the most infamous P.O.W. camp in Hanoi. The film focuses on the resistance the prisoners gave to their captors and the strong bonds formed by the Americans during their captivity. Written by mike407

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Hanoi Hilton  »

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The plane at the end of the film was a C-141 stretch - an extended C-141 aircraft. They did not start extending the C-141 airframe until well after the Vietnam conflict ended. See more »


U.S. Air Force commissioned officers do not, and did not, wear silver chinstraps on their service caps. The POW escort officers are shown with silver chinstraps on their service caps. This is a mistake. See more »


When the Ta-Lu Sounds
Performed by The Vietnamese National Song and Dance Ensemble
Courtesy of Monitor Records
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Hanoi Hilton
21 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is always refreshing to see Col Jim Thompson receiving the recognition he so rightly deserves. I was honored to have known Col Thompson following his return from the hells of 9 years of imprisonment. My father was an officer stationed at Valley Forge General Hospital after his own stint in Viet Nam. He was chosen to be Col Thompson's personal escort upon his return.

When finally determined to be "healthy" enough to travel, he spent many evenings with us. Even though I was a very young man at the time, 3rd grade, I will never forget the scenes that played out around our dining room table and in our living room.

As far as I am concerned, Col Thompson was then and is now in death a true American hero. I wish others would hear of his story to understand what he and the other POWs went through.

It is because of their determination, and all those who serve, that have guaranteed our freedoms for over 200 years.

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