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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 ... 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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For Americans captured in Vietnam, one war ended. Another was about to begin. See more »


Drama | War


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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 »


When Williamson is shot down, his wounded crew member is shot and killed by the VC that appeared. In reality, he would have been taken prisoner as well. VC and NVA units took as many Americans prisoner as possible. See more »


Paula: Are you hungry, Captain?
Turner: Like you couldn't believe it.
Jesse: I suppose you're no stranger to hunger.
Turner: Not after 3 years in this joint.
Raymond: How do you feel about the Democratic Republic?
Turner: "Democratic Republic"?... Oh, you mean the gooks?
[starts to chuckle]
Paula: [looking uncomfortable] You're safe with us, Eric, there's no need to use that word. It's, it's...
Turner: You call me "Captain," lady. I worked hard for that rank. And I use the word "gook" 'cause I can't think of anything worse I'd use in front of you.
Paula: I'm just trying ...
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References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »


When the Ta-Lu Sounds
Performed by The Vietnamese National Song and Dance Ensemble
Courtesy of Monitor Records
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Just wondering
29 December 2009 | by jw_55767See all my reviews

Like anyone else who has seen this film, I stumbled across it quite by accident.

I enjoyed it and considered it to be an historically accurate portrayal of the experiences of POW's in North Viet-Nam to the best of my knowledge from other accounts by POW's.

I am a Viet-Nam veteran who has always been puzzled by the obscurity of this film. Why was it never released to theaters?

I am not a conspiracy theorist by nature, but I have always wondered if the wealth and power of Hanoi Jane Fonda might have had something to do with the stifling of this movie. If I am not mistaken, I believe she was married to the media mogul, Ted Turner at the time. Any thoughts?

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English | Vietnamese | French

Release Date:

23 May 1987 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hanoi Hilton See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,784, 29 March 1987

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1.85 : 1
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