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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 »




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.

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Newsweek Magazine's review of this movie called it "A turkey the size of Godzilla!" 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 »


Sgt. Augustus Henderson: What else you do, try to kill this car too? Ow! Damn that's hot.
Barbara Hallsworth: Is it fixable?
Sgt. Augustus Henderson: Yeah, yeah, just good old American know how. Trouble is I don't know how.
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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 »


References That Hamilton Woman (1941) See more »

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A remarkable battle in an unremarkable film
13 November 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I will say that Inchon did have some nicely filmed battle sequences, but one of the greatest surprise military maneuvers of all time got a short shrift with the rest of the film. A nice documentary type film like The Longest Day would have been ideal. The back story certainly wasn't needed.

And that horrible makeup job that Laurence Olivier was given must have been done by Tammy Faye Bakker's people. He looks like a refugee from Madame Tussaud's. He sounds nothing like Douglas MacArthur. Olivier had the further misfortune to have his role come so soon after Gregory Peck portrayed MacArthur in MacArthur.

The story is that Olivier at some point in the early Seventies feeling he had nothing to prove any more to be at the pinnacle of his profession. So he began taking parts strictly for the cash. As this film was produced by the Reverend Sun Yung Moon no one ever said the Moonies lacked cash. Olivier uses the same American type accent he did in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and in another of his for the money only projects The Betsy.

The rest of the cast Ben Gazzara, Jacqueline Bisset, David Janssen, Toshiro Mifune etc. act with the smug confidence that they're Moonie checks just cleared the bank.

The landing at Inchon, done at the dawn hours within a narrow framework of time determined by the tides and on the western side of the Korean peninsula was militarily drawing to an inside straight. No doubt Douglas MacArthur deserves all kinds of kudos for what he did, even his sternest detractors have said it was brilliant. Said it did not get a film worthy of the achievement.

Inchon may have done one thing though. Laurence Olivier if not the only actor to win both an Oscar and a Razzie in his life certainly became the first to do it.

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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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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