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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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Details

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

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Fischer: [addressing the other P.O.W.s, prior to his appointed execution] I do not believe my death will help win the war. It seems that people at home no longer care anyway. I die not so much for love of country, as for love of countrymen. God bless you all. To me, you all stand out in the crowd.
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Soundtracks

Hero's Heart
Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Webb
Performed by Joe Pizzulo
Produced by Fred Mollin
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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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