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 Under the impression that the battle has been won, battalion headquarters orders some of the men withdrawn when in fact they are in dire need of reinforcements and supplies.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
According to director Lewis Milestone, the film was cut by nearly 20 minutes because Gregory Peck's wife felt that her husband made his first entrance too late into the picture. True or not, the film does show signs of post-production tampering, with flashes of several excised scenes showing up under the main title credits. See more »
King company had a number of Republic of Korea (ROK) soldiers mixed in with its American soldiers. For example in S.L.A Marshall's book, "Pork Chop Hill" on page 150 he states, "The other two ades] fell about 25 yards behind Kuzmick, wounding three of his three Koreans." Korean soldiers are mentioned many other places in the book, which is the source for the movie.