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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 »

Director:

Lionel Chetwynd

Writer:

Lionel Chetwynd

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Cast

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
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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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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese | French

Release Date:

23 May 1987 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hanoi Hilton See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,784, 29 March 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$760,000
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the movie, F-4 Phantom fighters are seen with AA designation on their tails. AA aircraft were assigned to the USS Forrestal. Future Senator/Presidential candidate John McCain who spent several years at the Hanoi Hilton after being shot down while flying from the USS Oriskany, also flew previously from the Forrestal. He narrowly escaped death during the tragic Forrestal fire in 1967. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Williamson: You know, I thought we'd never lose a battle. Any battle. And I'm so ashamed. But that means that we've gotta' stick together - you and me, and - and everyone who broke. We gotta' hang in. We gotta' survive. 'Cause we got to see home. We've got to see home. Damn...
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Soundtracks

Dance of the Bells
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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