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

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Did You Know?


This movie featured approximately 3,000 extras, provided by the U.S. Military and the Unification Church. Many of the men portraying soldiers were off-duty American and South Korean troops. See more »


This film depicts a fictionalized version of the tragic Hangang Bridge bombing which killed nearly 1,000 South Korean refugees. In the film's version of the events, the North Koreans need to cross the bridge in order to advance into Seoul. Why do the tanks fire on the bridge, causing damage to the structure, when it is necessary for them to cross it intact? 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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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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Major disappointment!
7 July 2003 | by brower8See all my reviews

I never got to see this movie in a theatrical release; I got to see the first part of it cut up for cable TV -- on a cable channel not known for movies. I wanted, honestly, to see a reverential treatment of the UN side of the Korean War, a war whose importance is now greatly underrecognized, and especially of one of the key battles in history. The war was, after all, the first in which the commies did not succeed in turning over a domino, so to speak.

The movie got off to a bad start with one of the actors (Ben Gazzara) launching into a long narrative monologue about the father of General MacArthur while on an airline flight. First of all, General Douglas MacArthur is the key figure of the movie, and his father was already long dead and irrelevant to the plot. Second, the long-winded monologue is not ordinary conversation of the type that one would expect between airline passengers! With the possible exception of university professors who can't be fired and dictators who can't be criticized, nobody gets away with such long-winded, irrelevant, narrative monologues in normal life.

Absurdities pile upon absurdities, and irrelevancies pile upon irrelevancies. Soldiers synchronize watches whose second hands aren't moving, and one gets a closeup of such an action. If you are going to show a close-up of any action, then make it real. Maudlin events at an orphanage take up much footage. Well, the Korean War was a carnage for civilians of all types, wasn't it? Soldiers taking Inchon fail to show fear -- and I can't imagine anyone going behind enemy lines not being scared out of his wits unless a psycho. Taking the lighthouse at Inchon, soldiers notice that the lighting and lens assembly was made in France (anyone who knows anything about lighthouses == and I live in a state that has lots of them -- knows that the lighthouse mechanisms and lenses from about a century ago all came from France).

The best movie about the Korean War remains MASH, and it centers upon support units. The brilliant invasion of central Korea at Inchon deserves far better treatment than this quicksand.

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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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