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Sergeant Ryker (1968)

During the Korean War Sergeant Paul Ryker is accused of defecting to Communist China and then returning to his unit as a spy. He's court-martialed and sentenced to death but his attorney believes Ryker's innocent and asks for a new trial.

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Writers:

Seeleg Lester (screenplay), William D. Gordon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Bradford Dillman ... Capt. David Young
Peter Graves ... Maj. Whitaker
Vera Miles ... Ann Ryker
Lloyd Nolan ... Gen. Amos Bailey
Murray Hamilton ... Capt. Appleton
Norman Fell ... Sgt. Max Winkler
Lee Marvin ... Sgt. Paul Ryker
Walter Brooke ... Col. Arthur Merriam
Francis De Sales ... President of the Court
Don Marshall ... Cpl. Jenks
Charles Aidman ... Maj. Kitchener - The Law Officer
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During the Korean War Sergeant Paul Ryker is accused of defecting to Communist China and then returning to his unit as a spy. He's court-martialed and sentenced to death but his attorney believes in Ryker's innocence and pleads for a new trial. Written by nufs68

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The battlefield is his home, he will protect it...at all costs ! See more »

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Drama | War

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Filmed in 1963, when Lee Marvin was still a character actor. See more »

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Mrs. Ryker tells Captain Young that she stole a Red Cross uniform from an Army supply depot. Aside from the impossibility of an unauthorized civilian sneaking into a combat zone in Korea, it would also be impossible for Mrs. Ryker to get onto a closely guarded U.S. Army base and into a supply depot. See more »

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Gripping Coutroom Mystery
11 August 2006 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Engaging, riveting tale of captured US army turncoat who has to prove his innocence to avoid the hangman. Paul Ryker dodges friendly fire in a seemingly doomed attempt to convince a military court that he was actually a US spy on a secret mission in Korea. In the vein of classic courtroom dramas, "Sergeant Ryker" is an extremely well crafted mystery, ably guided by an outstanding cast, director Kulik's constant momentum, and effective plot twists and turns.

This film was originally made as a television movie in 1964, and subsequently beefed up for this revision with the presence of many "name" actors, and some action sequences. Dillman, reprising his role, is spot-on as the doubting defence attorney, whose attentions sometimes stray to the personal plight of Ryker's supportive, yet somewhat distant wife, played with aplomb by Vera Miles. Rounding out the frontline is Peter Graves for the prosecution, and Norman Fell and Murray Hamilton in key supporting roles.

Marvin's interpretation of the Paul Ryker character is a balanced depiction of a simple but dedicated man whose normally laid back demeanour is challenged by the desperate circumstances in which he's placed. Marvin switches perfectly from resigned indifference, to impassioned denial of the charges, giving a convincing, often intense performance that is the highlight of this otherwise small-scale drama. It's this performance that should elevate the film to a platform where it occupies a place on the best-ever lists of courtroom dramas.

However, despite its apparent obscurity, "Sergeant Ryker" still remains a taut and compelling examination, like a book that you just can't put down. Highly recommended.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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