A Greek artisan is commissioned to cast the cup of Christ in silver, and sculpt around its rim, the faces of the disciples and Jesus. He travels to Jerusalem and eventually to Rome to ... See full summary »
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
Col. Charles M. Trammell Jr., the film's technical advisor, was a lawyer, graduating from George Washington University Law School in 1937. During World War II, he served in the Army in North Africa, France and Germany and received the Bronze Star for developing personnel security methods. He later was on active duty in the Korean War and served in the Army Reserve until 1972. He worked for the IRS and then the Department of Defense from 1946 until his retirement in 1973. He died in 2006 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetary, along with his wife of 70 years who passed in 2007. See more »
Near the beginning of the film, Col. Hall, Sr., take a drink of water and then puts the paper cup down on the water cooler cabinet. In the next shot, as he is walking away, the paper cup is gone. See more »
Newman is very assured, in this only his second feature. He plays the POW home from Korea accused of selling out his country to the Reds.
This is a compassionate film which explores all sides of the argument with understanding and restraint. The prosecution aren't hysterical witch-hunters, and the defence aren't wet-eyed bleeding-hearts. A serious set of issues is explored in an evenhanded but yet passionate manner.
This is fascinating drama - very much of its time and it has dated but that only seems to add to its value.
The ending is ambiguous and may well lead to a heated debate in your family.
I recommend it highly.
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