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The Forgotten Man (1971)

Former Vietnam War POW Lt.Joe Hardy returns home to the US where he finds a totally changed life situation and where he struggles with PTSD.


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Mark Rodgers (teleplay) (as Mark Rogers), Bernard Fein (story) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Dennis Weaver ... Lt. Joe Hardy
Lois Nettleton ... Anne Wilson
Anne Francis ... Marie Hardy Forrest
Andrew Duggan ... William Forrest
Percy Rodrigues ... Capt. Jackson
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Sharon Hardy
Robert Doyle Robert Doyle ... Maj. Everett
James Hong ... Maj. Thon
Frank Maxwell ... Col. Thompson
Carl Reindel Carl Reindel ... Lt. Diamonte
John S. Ragin John S. Ragin ... Maj. Parkman
Vernon Weddle Vernon Weddle ... Surgeon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Duncan Inches Duncan Inches ... Motel Owner


A Marine officer reported as killed in Vietnam but was actually a POW returns home. Instead of being welcomed home, however, he discovers that his father has died, his wife has remarried, his daughter has been adopted, his business has been sold and his life has completely changed. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Missing in action and declared dead, Joe Hardy returns to find his wife remarried and his child adopted. Had his life really ended in Vietnam? Starring Dennis Weaver and Anne Francis.


Drama | War







Release Date:

14 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den glemte mannen See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Your heart really has to break for this poor guy!
16 October 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the film begins, a group of Asian kids find an emaciated American soldier on the beach. Apparently, Lt. Joe Hardy (Dennis Weaver) had been in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp for five years and had just escaped. But this does NOT mean life is great for Joe, as when he's rescued, he soon learns that not only has his wife remarried but his father is dead! Apparently, Joe was declared dead and the wife naturally had to get on with her life. What follows is an interesting film for many reasons. First, it's one of the earlier films to really address PTSD, as Joe naturally is a screwed up guy considered what he'd been through as well as his adjustment to civilian life. Second, although very rare, I am sure such situations must have occurred--with men returning home to find their families had gotten on with their lives after they'd been mistaken for dead. And, third, the actors did a really nice job here and the problems were not overly sensationalized---with the actors and director doing a fine job in conveying an excellent tale. Overall, well worth seeing and one of the better installments of the "ABC Movie of the Week". And, if you want to see the film, it's currently on YouTube.

By the way, if Joe's daughter sounds familiar, it's because Pamelyn Ferdin played Lucy Van Pelt in several of the Charlie Brown films (including "A Boy Named Charlie Brown"). She also played Felix Unger's daughter on the old "Odd Couple" television show. Wonder what she's up to today...

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