The United States Department of Defense supplied 1,500 American troops (stationed in Korea) as extras. When they found out the Unification Church was one of the financial backers, they withdrew support and asked that credit be removed. See more »
Instead of using real Korean War aircraft, stock war footage of the aircraft in action, or scale models inserted through special effects, the production used cardboard cutouts held up by visible wires. See more »
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This is not a documentary of the war in Korea but a dramatized study of the effect of war on a group of people. Where dramatic license has been deemed necessary, the authors have taken advantage of this license to dramatize the subject.
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I will say that Inchon did have some nicely filmed battle sequences,
but one of the greatest surprise military maneuvers of all time got a
short shrift with the rest of the film. A nice documentary type film
like The Longest Day would have been ideal. The back story certainly
And that horrible makeup job that Laurence Olivier was given must have
been done by Tammy Faye Bakker's people. He looks like a refugee from
Madame Tussaud's. He sounds nothing like Douglas MacArthur. Olivier had
the further misfortune to have his role come so soon after Gregory Peck
portrayed MacArthur in MacArthur.
The story is that Olivier at some point in the early Seventies feeling
he had nothing to prove any more to be at the pinnacle of his
profession. So he began taking parts strictly for the cash. As this
film was produced by the Reverend Sun Yung Moon no one ever said the
Moonies lacked cash. Olivier uses the same American type accent he did
in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and in another of his for the money only
projects The Betsy.
The rest of the cast Ben Gazzara, Jacqueline Bisset, David Janssen,
Toshiro Mifune etc. act with the smug confidence that they're Moonie
checks just cleared the bank.
The landing at Inchon, done at the dawn hours within a narrow framework
of time determined by the tides and on the western side of the Korean
peninsula was militarily drawing to an inside straight. No doubt
Douglas MacArthur deserves all kinds of kudos for what he did, even his
sternest detractors have said it was brilliant. Said it did not get a
film worthy of the achievement.
Inchon may have done one thing though. Laurence Olivier if not the only
actor to win both an Oscar and a Razzie in his life certainly became
the first to do it.
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