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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




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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Did You Know?


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 »


In an 'interview' Major Nogo Doc introduces Hubman to Major Ngiap, Nogo Doc asks Hubman about the radar on his aircraft, which he calls an 'A6'? Yet he describes the two place tandem cockpit layout of an F4 Phantom II? The two place cockpit layout of an A6 Intruder is side by side, not tandem? 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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References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »


My Native Land
Performed by The Vietnamese National Song and Dance Ensemble
Courtesy of Monitor Records
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Compelling look at POW life and effect of anti-war sentiment
26 February 2002 | by steve-692See all my reviews

Very compelling and realistic portrayal of life as a N.Vietnam POW and how opinion at home affected their situation. You can read Jane Fonda's own broadcasts to verify that the "portrayal" of her and Tom Hayden was not a caricature. Few Americans understood the impact their views and actions had on American soldiers and POWs. There are several standout performances, especially by Moriarity, Pressman, Jones and "Starsky and Hutch" star,David Soul. Although intentionally episodic and semi-documentary in style-the period covered was after all, 9 years -the film is nonetheless compelling. However it's main goal seems to tell the story and not make great "film".This is not Mallick's " The Thin Red Line"(a superb, introspective film). H. Hilton's view that the strength of US military training and code of honor, the value and support of religion in tough times and it's admiration of the "average guy" is more in line with Scott's "Blackhawk Down" and Stephen Ambrose's influenced Speilberg film, "Saving Private Ryan" Neither of these films are as artistic as Mallicks-but all are true to the reality of the specific event.An interesting film to view in conjunction with the H.Hilton is the fictional and quite propagandist " Coming Home" starring Jane Fonda.In that film only Vets who denounced the war(nothing wrong with that)are given credibility. Fonda's husband in the film, Bruce Dern, is not only a joke as a soldier (his metal is for being shot in the rear end)but as a man-he has never given his wife an orgasm-that's left to hero Jon Voight, a paraplegic who renounces the war. Dern ultimately drowns himself. Talk about a loaded deck. No recognition in that film that an American GI who supports his country might have the character of any of the POWs in the Hanoi Hilton. These men were the "forgotten men" of the 60's/early 70's- The Hanoi Hilton was not at all popular at the box office and vilified by many in the Hollywood community when it was made-but it was ahead of it's time content-wise and quite brave for it.

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English | Vietnamese | French

Release Date:

23 May 1987 (Taiwan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK


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Opening Weekend USA:

$17,784, 29 March 1987

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