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Inchon (1981)

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

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Robin Moore (screenplay), Laird Koenig (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

LOVE. DESTINY. HEROES. War Changes Everything.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

PG
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Details

Country:

South Korea | USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

17 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inchon See more »

Filming Locations:

Cinecitta, Rome, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,326,112, 19 September 1982

Gross USA:

$5,200,986

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,200,986
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited) | (premiere) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The press releases made many mystical claims, such as a B-29 bomber pilot seeing the face of Jesus Christ during the war, the spirit of General Douglas MacArthur causing his face to appear on a photograph of his office door. The press kit also claimed that MacArthur, who died in 1964, supported the movie. See more »

Goofs

There are numerous inaccuracies in the portrayals and the depiction of the events. See more »

Quotes

Jean MacArthur: You just have to believe that this is what you were born for; all your life has been leading up to this.
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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 »

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Infamous flop. A badly-scripted, badly-acted, and badly-conceived Korean War epic.
11 May 2004 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

Inchon exists in at least three versions, all of them very rare: a 90 minute British video version called "Operation Inchon"; a 105 minute version; and the full 140 minutes version released theatrically in 1981. This is a review of the 140 minute version.

The past twenty years or so have turned Inchon into one of the film industry's great jokes. Its huge budget, and the meagre box office returns it made, have also destined it to forever be remembered as the biggest flop of all-time. If ever a film deserved to be labelled as "infamous", then Inchon is it.

Laurence Olivier top-bills as Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Highly decorated for his WWII heroics, MacArthur is called upon to repel an army of communist forces from North Korea who have invaded their South Korean neighbours in 1950. Against the will of his colleagues, MacArthur masterminds an ambitious landing at the awkwardly-situated port of Inchon. Interwoven into this invasion story are several sub-plots, including the story of Barbara Hallsworth (Jacqueline Bisset), an American lady who leads a group of orphans to safety, and her husband Maj. Frank Hallsworth (Ben Gazzara), who is ordered to seize and hold a strategically important lighthouse in Inchon harbour.

It is extraordinary that a budget of over $45 million was allocated to such a badly scripted film. The dialogue is utterly laughable, almost in the style of an exceptionally bad, cheesy TV mini-series. Left helpless in the firing line by the terrible script, the actors (many of them greatly talented) give undisciplined performances. Olivier's turn as MacArthur, for example, is surreal in its awfulness. The battle scenes are done on a big scale but fail to convey authenticity or realism. And, worst of all, there's a peculiar religious subtext as MacArthur repeatedly rants on about the God-given justness he senses in the cause of America and her allies. The film has curiosity value (it's perversely interesting to see so many stars in such deep trouble) but beyond that it offers nothing worth your time.


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