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The Rack (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 2 November 1956 (USA)
A decorated Korean War hero inexplicably collaborates with the enemy while interred in a POW camp and is court-martialed.

Director:

Arnold Laven

Writers:

Stewart Stern (screenplay), Rod Serling (teleplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Capt. Edward Worthington Hall, Jr.
Wendell Corey ... Maj. Sam Moulton
Walter Pidgeon ... Col. Edward W. Hall, Sr.
Edmond O'Brien ... Lt. Col. Frank Wasnick
Anne Francis ... Aggie Hall
Lee Marvin ... Capt. John R. Miller
Cloris Leachman ... Caroline
Robert Burton ... Col. Ira Hansen
Robert F. Simon ... Law Officer (as Robert Simon)
Trevor Bardette ... Court President
Adam Williams ... Sgt. Otto Pahnke
James Best ... Millard Chilson Cassidy
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Col. Dudley Smith
Barry Atwater ... Maj. Byron Phillips
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Storyline

Captain Edward Hall returns to the USA after two years in a prison camp in the Korean war. In the camp he was brainwashed and helped the Chinese convince the other prisoners that they were fighting an unjust war. When he comes back he is charged for collaboration with the enemy. Where does loyalty end in a prison camp, when the camp is a living hell? Written by Mattias Thuresson

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All the drama, the suspense, the power of "The Caine Mutiny"! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anklage: Hochverrat See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$779,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$365,000, 31 December 1956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$765,000, 31 December 1956
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original teleplay writer, Rod Serling, liked the film adaptation. But he felt the film version could and should have shown some of the actual POW camp in flashbacks. He did however feel that the scene with the father and son alone was better written in the film version than in his original teleplay. See more »

Goofs

The two soldiers who load Captain Hall's stretcher into the medical vehicle at the airport have no rank insignia, ribbons, or shoulder patches on their uniforms. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Sam Moulton: What did you do?
Capt. John R. Miller: [Refering to his Chinese captors] Oh, I was mad. I called them things they didn't need an interpretor for.
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Connections

References The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) See more »

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The Last Time I Saw Paris
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Music by Jerome Kern
Hummed by Walter Pidgeon
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Memorable performance by Paul Newman
31 January 2002 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

Paul Newman has impressed me in "Cool Hand Luke" and in this film his performance ranges from the "cool" to the frail man in the duration of the movie.

Among films based on courtroom trials this one is remarkable. It rates alongside Bruce Beresford's Australian film "Breaker Morant" and the British film "Term of Trial."

A major feather in the cap is the ending, which is a clever touch by the director Arnold Laven. Any other ending would have made the film less poignant.

The development of the relationship between Newman's character and that of Annie Francis' Aggie is again worthy of note. Lee Marvin's small role catches your attention though it is not his finest by any measure.

All in all this film should be given more publicity, as the theme is relevant today as it was when it was made.


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