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The Hanoi Hilton (1987)

R | | Drama, War | 23 May 1987 (Taiwan)
A drama focusing on the suffering, torture, and brutal treatment the American P.O.W.s had to deal with daily while in North Vietnam's Hoa Lo Prison, the most infamous P.O.W. camp in Hanoi. ... See full summary »


Lionel Chetwynd


Lionel Chetwynd

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Moriarty ... Williamson
John Edwin Shaw ... Mason
Ken Wright Ken Wright ... Kennedy
Paul Le Mat ... Hubman
David Soul ... Oldham
Stephen Davies ... Miles
Lawrence Pressman ... Cathcart
Doug Savant ... Ashby
David Anthony Smith David Anthony Smith ... Gregory
Jeffrey Jones ... Fischer
John Vargas ... Oliviera
Rick Fitts ... Turner
Scotty Sachs Scotty Sachs ... Soles
John Diehl ... Murphy
Jesse Dabson ... Rasmussen


A drama focusing on the suffering, torture, and brutal treatment the American P.O.W.s had to deal with daily while in North Vietnam's Hoa Lo Prison, the most infamous P.O.W. camp in Hanoi. The film focuses on the resistance the prisoners gave to their captors and the strong bonds formed by the Americans during their captivity. Written by mike407

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Drama | War


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English | Vietnamese | French

Release Date:

23 May 1987 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,784, 29 March 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plane at the end of the film was a C-141 stretch - an extended C-141 aircraft. They did not start extending the C-141 airframe until well after the Vietnam conflict ended. See more »


In the movie, the Son Tay Raid and the death of Ho Chi Minh occur at just about the same time, but in fact happened 14 months apart with the death of Ho in September 1969 and the raid in November 1970. See more »


Hanoi Hilton: [voice of propagandist "Hanoi Hannah" heard over the Hoa Lo Prison loudspeakers] Hey, air pilots, do you know some of you guys have been here long enough to become citizens? We're winning the war... Don't you miss a McDonald's, a fries and a Coca Cola?
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Dance of the Bamboos
Performed by The Vietnamese National Song and Dance Ensemble
Courtesy of Monitor Records
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View From The Prisoners
19 November 2008 | by galahad58-1See all my reviews

Hanoi Hilton is an excellent movie that captures the horror and the pain that American POWs had to face during the Vietnam War. It is NOT a political movie as some naive liberals would write in the comments section--nor is it right-wing grandstanding. The fact is that the Vietnamese people were downright horrible and tortured our men on a regular basis is historical fact. The fact that Jane Fonda, and other Hollywood idiot who would NEVER ever serve this great country (yet expect all the benefits American soldiers have given them)went to Nam and insulted the prisoners is an absolute fact. Those who write that this is a political movie are part of the problems with America--those who have never served, those who are too cowardice to serve, and those who spit on and insult the American soldier. Not one of them would have had the courage to withstand the torture and mayhem these brave men had to face each and every day. You should be saluting these men and not insulting them. These men are part of the reason you have MTV, HBO, NFL, freedom, the right to vote, etc--why America is free.

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