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The Hanoi Hilton (1987)

R | | Drama, War | 23 May 1987 (Taiwan)
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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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 »

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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 »

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References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »

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Joy to the World
Arranged by Henrik Nielsen
Courtesy of Capitol Production Music
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Slightly lifeless POW drama
2 August 2014 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This war drama is set in the 'Hanoi Hilton' prisoner-of-war camp. It focuses on a selection of American soldiers who are incarcerated there by the North Vietnamese over the course of the Vietnam War.

The potential for something quite powerful is certainly there in the serious subject matter that this film is based on. But sadly this is a movie that never really gets out of second gear and is ultimately a mediocre take on a serious subject. The movie's politics are fairly unambiguous and it depicts the communists as being fairly one-dimensionally evil. The portrayal of life in the camp seemed a bit overly idealistic too, with the American POWs more or less at liberty to disrespect their captors with very little consequence. I'm sure it was never quite as carefree in reality as it was depicted here. The cast has no stars and is serviceable at best but none of them really brings much dimension to their characters and consequently they are essentially rather lifeless. Ultimately, the film as a whole comes across as being somewhat underwhelming and is mainly redeemed by the fact that it's based on a real historical situation which at least makes it educational at least to some extent.


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