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A Cold War incident, told in flashbacks, regarding the capture of the American spy ship, U.S.S. Pueblo and its crew by North Korean naval units off the North Korean coast on January 23, 1968.

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Anthony Page
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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Holbrook ... Capt. Lloyd Bucher
Ronny Cox ... Signalman
Andrew Duggan ... Congressman
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... RAdm. F.L. Johnson
Mary Fickett Mary Fickett ... Rose Bucher
Larry Gates ... American Negotiator
George Grizzard ... Court Counsel
Paul Hecht Paul Hecht ... Lt. S.R. Harris
Alan Hewitt ... Congressional Chairman
James Hong ... Super C
Barnard Hughes ... Secretary of the Navy
Robert Ito ... North Korean Negotiator
Gary Merrill ... Adm. Thomas E. Moorer
Richard Mulligan ... CWO G.H. Lacy
John Randolph ... Lt. Gen. S.J. McKee
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Dramatization showing the 1968 seizure of the spy ship, Pueblo, by the North Koreans and the treatment of the Pueblo's crew during their year of captivity through flashbacks during the 1969 investigation of the affair. Written by Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pueblo Affair See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Production Co:

Titus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Riveting and harrowing.
17 October 2009 | by steelerstwinSee all my reviews

This television movie is much like a stage play, videotaped for TV. It is absolutely riveting. I was a child at the time it originally aired and I knew nothing of the Pueblo incident, but I soon learned the entire, harrowing story, thanks in part to this excellent drama.

Hal Holbrook, normally very good in any role he tackles, is superb as Commander Lloyd Bucher. The story involves the illegal capture of the American spy ship U.S.S. Pueblo off the North Korean coast in January of 1968. After the capture the U.S. Navy tried to use Bucher as a scapegoat for surrendering without firing a shot, but his actions resulted in saving the lives of all but one of his crewmen. Holbrook is excellent as the tortured Bucher (both emotionally and physically) who has to struggle to keep him men alive and his dignity intact. Holbrook (just like the real Bucher) manages to do both.

I do not know who directed this stage-play picture, but it was wonderfully done. The grim torture scenes are not too explicit but there's always a gloomy, ominous air of fear in the flashback scenes. It really affected me as a kid and it has always stuck with me.

Holbrook does a great job in the court-room scenes and the viewer gets a tremendous feeling of empathy for him as he battles his injuries, his emotional hatred of the North Koreans and his own superior officers who are looking anywhere but at themselves for the blame.

There's a fine supporting cast including the always-reliable Ronny Cox.

Anyone who appreciates fine drama should see this. This harrowing story is even more poignant because it is true. We should not forget the heroes of the U.S.S. Pueblo... this film allows us the chance to always remember.


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