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Hell in Korea (1956)

A Hill in Korea (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 14 January 1957 (Denmark)
During the Korean War retreat in 1951, a small British recon group is surrounded by Chinese troops and holds out in a lonely temple atop a hill.


Julian Amyes


Max Catto (from his novel by), Ian Dalrymple (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
George Baker ... The National Servicemen: Lt. Butler
Harry Andrews ... The Regular Soldiers: Sgt. Payne
Stanley Baker ... The Regular Soldiers: Cpl. Ryker
Michael Medwin ... The National Servicemen: The Anti-Tank Team, Pte. Docker
Ronald Lewis ... The National Servicemen: Pte. Wyatt
Stephen Boyd ... The National Servicemen: Pte. Sims
Victor Maddern ... The National Servicemen: The Anti-Tank Team, Pte. Lindop
Harry Landis ... The National Servicemen: Pte. Rabin
Robert Brown ... Pte O'Brien
Barry Lowe Barry Lowe ... The National Servicemen: Pte. Neill
Robert Shaw ... The National Servicemen: L / Cpl. Hodge
Charles Laurence Charles Laurence ... Pte. Kim of the South Korean Army
Percy Herbert ... The Regular Soldiers: Pte. Moon
Eric Corrie Eric Corrie ... The National Servicemen: Pte. Matthew s
David Morrell David Morrell ... The Regular Soldiers: Pte. Henson


In 1951, during the Korean War general retreat of United Nations Forces, a small British re-con platoon finds itself cut-off from the main British force.The platoon is led by Lieutenant Butler and Sergeant Payne. Corporals Ryker and Hodge are in charge of the men. After executing a search and destroy mission in an abandoned and booby-trapped South Korean village, the platoon heads toward rice fields, but finds itself surrounded by Chinese enemy troops. When sending for help becomes no option, Lieutenant Butler decides to closer investigate the isolated South Korean temple perched atop a steep hill. The temple seems to be a good defensible position for the platoon, but it's located at the top of the steep hill with only a sheer cliff to its rear. Written by nufs68

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In the tradition of "The Dam Busters" and "The Cruel Sea" See more »


Drama | History | War


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The first of five television and movie productions that featured both Harry Andrews and Sir Michael Caine. See more »


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"We should play them on Arsenals ground"
1 May 2016 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

So says Harry Landis in a wonderful moment.Well it would have been more exciting than the moribund match against Norwich yesterday.Anyway so far as I am aware this is one of only two British films about the Korean conflict,the only other being the Yangtze Incident.It has about all the ingredients that you would expect from a film about a unit surrounded and out of contact with its base.So we have the cheerful comments,the hard man,the coward who dies to redeem himself,the experienced sergeant and the inexperienced commanding officer.They are talking about 60000 watching Arsenal play Chelsea at Highbury.Anyway while there are no real surprises it is well made and fairly entertaining.The beginning of Michael Gaines very long film career.

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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