7.1/10
3,741
45 user 26 critic

Pork Chop Hill (1959)

Approved | | Action , Drama , War | 14 June 1959 (UK)
During the Korean War peace talks, U.S. troops fight to retake a hill from the Communist Chinese forces.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

S.L.A. Marshall (book) (as Brig. Gen. S.L.A. Marshall USAR), James R. Webb (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

MacArthur (1977)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Biopic of General Douglas MacArthur covering his war exploits during WW2 and the Korean War.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Gregory Peck, Dan O'Herlihy, Ed Flanders
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A company of Marines races against the clock to find a Japanese rocket base.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, Reginald Gardiner
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A despised cavalry commander is unfairly blamed by his troop for the death of a popular officer and must redeem himself in front of his men during an Indian attack on the fort.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Gregory Peck, Barbara Payton, Ward Bond
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo rides into town to find his true love, who doesn't want to see him. He hasn't come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell
The Bravados (1958)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man is chasing four outlaws who killed his wife and finds them in a small town's jail but they escape to Mexico.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Stephen Boyd
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of a large U.S. Marines invasion task force bound for Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Preston Foster, Lloyd Nolan, William Bendix
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1944, an Army doctor is in charge of a neuropsychiatric ward at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona, and he must deal with a variety of tough cases.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson
On the Beach (1959)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake
Sahara I (1943)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After the fall of Tobruk in 1942, during the Allied retreat in the Libyan desert, an American tank picks-up a motley group of survivors but they face advancing Germans and a lack of water.

Director: Zoltan Korda
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro.

Directors: Henry King, Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Lt. Joe Clemons
Harry Guardino ... Pvt. Forstman
Rip Torn ... Lt. Walter Russel
George Peppard ... Cpl. Chuck Fedderson
Carl Benton Reid ... American Admiral at Peace Conference
James Edwards ... Cpl. Jurgens
Bob Steele ... Col. Kern
Woody Strode ... Pvt. Franklin
George Shibata George Shibata ... Lt. Suki Ohashi
Norman Fell ... Sgt. Coleman
Lew Gallo ... Lieutenant, Division Public Relations
Robert Blake ... Pvt. Velie
Cliff Ketchum Cliff Ketchum ... Cpl. Payne (radio operator)
Biff Elliot ... Pvt. Boven
Charles Aidman ... Lt. Harrold
Edit

Storyline

Grim story of one of the major battles of the Korean War. While negotiators are at work in Panmunjom trying to bring the conflict to a negotiated end, Lt. Joe Clemons is ordered to launch an attack and retake Pork Cop Hill. It's tough on the soldiers who know that the negotiations are under way and no one wants to die when they think it will all soon be over. The hill is of no particular strategic military value but all part of showing resolve during the negotiations. Under the impression that the battle has been won, battalion headquarters orders some of the men withdrawn when in fact they are in dire need of reinforcements and supplies. As the Chinese prepare to counterattack and broadcast propaganda over loudspeakers, the men prepare for what may be their last battle. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Bold! Blunt! Blistering! The battle picture without equal!

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mit Blut geschrieben See more »

Filming Locations:

Patagonia, Arizona, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,024,066
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Melville Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Gregory Peck was a vocal opponent of the Korean War throughout its course. See more »

Goofs

All the deuce-and-a-halfs--2.5-ton trucks used to transport troops--and jeeps have shiny enamel paint jobs. Combat vehicles have flat (non-shiny) paint jobs. Light can be seen reflected on the wheels and many other parts of these vehicle, which would make them a perfect target for enemy fire. See more »

Crazy Credits

Following the opening credits and opening scenes: A RESERVE POSITION NEAR PORK CHOP HILL--70 MILES FROM THE PEACE CONFERENCE AT PUNMUNJOM-KOREA-1953 See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"It's Value Is, It Has No Value"
24 June 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Take a look at the jagged line that represents the boundary truce line between North and South Korea on a map. You'll then have some idea of what Pork Chop Hill is all about.

While the armistice talks are going on in Panmunjom, both sides are jockeying for position on both sides. The truce line will be on a prescribed latitude parallel, but owing to various hills and valleys, adjustments are in order. Those adjustments are costing lives though.

While the talks are in their final stages the Communists prove intransigent about a particular piece of real estate called Pork Chop Hill that really has no significant value. But as Carl Benton Reid at the talks says it's value is it has no value. The Communists are just using it as a test of wills, filed for future reference.

Gregory Peck as Lieutenant Joe Clemons gets the dirty task of leading his men into battle for no real discernible reason. How he keeps his men going is the real story here.

Joe Clemons was a real army lieutenant who wrote a book on his real experiences on literally the last day of the Korean War. Peck is an inspirational Clemons and I'm sure the real Clemons must have liked it.

Scattered in the cast are such future movie and television names as George Peppard, Harry Guardino, Gavin McLeod, Robert Blake, and Norman Fell. But the best performance in the film without a doubt belongs to Woody Strode. He's fully conscious of the racism he's feeling at home just before the civil rights revolution and can't really come up with a reason to die for Korea or do time in the army stockade for desertion. His scenes with Peck and with fellow black GI James Edwards just crackle with heat and talent. I'm surprised no one considered Strode for Best Supporting Actor.

Lewis Milestone who directed THE anti-war film, All Quiet On the Western Front is at the top of his game in Pork Chop Hill. A really good film about a sadly forgotten conflict.


18 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 45 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed