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Inchon (1981)

During the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur masterminds the amphibious invasion of Inchon in September 1950.


Terence Young


Robin Moore (screenplay), Laird Koenig (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Jacqueline Bisset ... Barbara Hallsworth
Ben Gazzara ... Maj. Frank Hallsworth
Toshirô Mifune ... Saito-San (as Toshiro Mifune)
Richard Roundtree ... Sgt. Augustus Henderson
David Janssen ... David Feld
Kung-won Nam ... Park (as Nam Goong Won)
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Turkish Brigadier
Rex Reed ... Longfellow
Sabine Sun ... Marguerite
Dorothy James Dorothy James ... Jean MacArthur
Karen Kahn ... Lim
Lydia Lei ... Mila
James T. Callahan ... Gen. Almond (as James Callahan)
Rion Morgan Rion Morgan ... Pipe journalist


During the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur masterminds the amphibious invasion of Inchon in September 1950.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


LOVE. DESTINY. HEROES. War Changes Everything.


Drama | History | War





South Korea | USA


English | Korean

Release Date:

17 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inchon See more »

Filming Locations:

Cinecitta, Rome, Italy See more »


Box Office


$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,326,112, 19 September 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


(edited) | (premiere) | (TV)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Omar Sharif: an Indian Brigadier. See more »


In one scene, a closeup of a digital watch is used to indicate the time. Digital watches were invented 25 years later. See more »


[opening title card]
Titles: This is not a documentary of the war in Korea but a dramatized study of the effect of war on a group of people. Where dramatic license has been deemed necessary, the authors have taken advantage of this license to dramatize the subject.
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Crazy Credits

Firm Grip "Fingers" DePalma See more »

Alternate Versions

When the film was first released for a special one-night-only premiere in Washington D.C. in May 1981, running at 140 minutes, it was almost booed off the screen which resulted in its nationwide release being canceled. A heavily edited version was released nationwide in August 1982 running at 105 minutes in which many scenes involving talky subplots were deleted, including all of David Janssen's scenes. See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: To All a Goodnight (2018) See more »

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"...and the winner for Worst Actor goes to... Laurence Olivier!"
29 January 2002 | by Aussie StudSee all my reviews

I never thought I'd ever hear that line in my entire life. Laurence Olivier is a highly esteemed well-established actor with many film accreditations under his belt from a career in the film industry that has spanned well over six decades. Why he chose to sign on to this monstrosity of a film is just beyond belief.

"INCHON" had the misfortune of being released in 1981, the first year the infamous Golden Raspberry Award (a.k.a. Razzie) came into existence and it grandly swept nearly every category including Worst Picture and Worst Actor.

Upon it's theatrical release, "INCHON" was heavily panned by the critics and played in theaters to which no one bothered showing up. It was pulled almost a few weeks after its initial release. The production and creativity involved with this highly-expensive film project involved nearly 5 whole years in the making, a crew of 250 technicians, 3000 actors (mostly extras), 18 tanks, 12 armored personnel carriers, 24 jeeps, a plethora of explosives and special effects and a bloated budget of nearly 48 million dollars. Did I also forget to mention that this film was financed by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon?

Yes, in published interviews with Reverend Moon, he has openly stated that 'God' himself TOLD him to make this movie. With that controversy aside, "INCHON" itself is a repulsive scrap of film. The premise for "INCHON" is loosely based on the incidents involving the United Nations forces landing at Inchon, port city of Seoul, during the Korean War on September 15, 1950. It is a wretched retelling of General Douglas MacArthur's amphibious victory in the early stages of the Korean War.

Laurence Olivier portrays MacArthur, supported by an international star cast which would include Ben Gazarra, Richard Roundtree, David Janssen and Jacqueline Bisset who looks absolutely ridiculous in the role as the wife of an Army Major. Unfortunately, the biggest problem here is that the director, Terence Young, finds it impossible to overcome the poor script which generally leaves only the wartime melodrama and pyrotechnics for interest.

There is absolutely nothing positive about "INCHON" to talk about. The unedited version runs for nearly two and a half hours. It is a painful experience to watch this off-base and factually incorrect travesty. Furthermore, I find it extremely embarrassing to watch Laurence Olivier making a fool out of himself by appearing in this noisy and absurd garbage when he should have been finding time to redeem his reputation after starring in the Razzie-winning "THE JAZZ SINGER".

Shame on everyone involved in this movie. It is extremely impossible to find a copy of "INCHON" at your local video store and no cable channel would dare run it, which is just as well. Trust me, you don't want to see this movie.

My Rating - 0 out of 10

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