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Hell in Korea (1956)

A Hill in Korea (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 1957 (Denmark)
During the Korean War retreat in 1951, a small British recon group is surrounded by Chinese troops and holds out in a lonely temple atop a hill.

Director:

Julian Amyes

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Max Catto (from his novel by), Ian Dalrymple (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Baker ... The National Servicemen: Lt. Butler / Lt Butler
Harry Andrews ... The Regular Soldiers: Sgt. Payne / Sgt Payne
Stanley Baker ... The Regular Soldiers: Cpl. Ryker / Cpl Ryker
Michael Medwin ... The National Servicemen: The Anti-Tank Team, Pte. Docker / Pte Docker
Ronald Lewis ... The National Servicemen: Pte. Wyatt / Pte Wyatt
Stephen Boyd ... The National Servicemen: Pte. Sims / Pte Sims
Victor Maddern ... The National Servicemen: The Anti-Tank Team, Pte. Lindop / Pte Lindop
Harry Landis ... The National Servicemen: Pte. Rabin / Pte Rabin
Robert Brown ... The Regular Soldiers: Pte. O'Brien / Pte O'Brien
Barry Lowe Barry Lowe ... The National Servicemen: Pte. Neill / Pte Neill
Robert Shaw ... The National Servicemen: L / Cpl. Hodge / L / Cpl Hodge
Charles Laurence Charles Laurence ... Pte. Kim of the South Korean Army / Pte Kim
Percy Herbert ... The Regular Soldiers: Pte. Moon / Pte Moon
Eric Corrie Eric Corrie ... The National Servicemen: Pte. Matthews / Pte Matthews
David Morrell David Morrell ... The Regular Soldiers: Pte. Henson / Pte Henson
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In 1951, during the Korean War general retreat of United Nations Forces, a small British re-con platoon finds itself cut-off from the main British force.The platoon is led by Lieutenant Butler and Sergeant Payne. Corporals Ryker and Hodge are in charge of the men. After executing a search and destroy mission in an abandoned and booby-trapped South Korean village, the platoon heads toward rice fields, but finds itself surrounded by Chinese enemy troops. When sending for help becomes no option, Lieutenant Butler decides to closer investigate the isolated South Korean temple perched atop a steep hill. The temple seems to be a good defensible position for the platoon, but it's located at the top of the steep hill with only a sheer cliff to its rear. Written by nufs68

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And They Blended That Courage and Their Cowardice to Fight an Enemy for 72 Nightmare Hours! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1957 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell in Korea See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Back in the summer of 1955, the British production crew of this movie, under Director Julian Aymes, was on-location on the mountain of Montejunto, Portugal. Portugal was chosen as the facsimile location to South Korea, due to its geographical similarities, even though Sir Michael Caine, who served as Technical Consultant and actor on the production, begged to differ. Joseph Valador, who recently turned eighty-five-years-old, served as a liaison and interpreter between the British filming crew and Portuguese. Joseph arranged to have the Portuguese military planes fly over the designated shoot location and time. He also served as an assistant to Director Julian Aymes in the critical scene where the Koreans burn down the village, acting the part as the Korean leader. Joseph was thanked by Aymes for his excellent direction and communication with the Portuguese end of the shoot, having saved the crew from re-building the village set. Joseph coordinated the flying of the Portuguese Air Force, which was used in the jet flying and bombing scene. Also to be noted was his involvement as a side and extra, where he acted the part of the Korean soldier falling of the horse when the platoon is discovered while hiding in the brush. See more »

Goofs

The troop enter a (mostly deserted) Korean village, finding a couple of innocent peasants. One soldier breaks the door of a shack, which the 'peasants' had booby trapped. The entry of the soldier and subsequent explosion are a jump cut, with the edit visible between the two shots, as the light and shadows had moved between filming each shot. See more »

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Acceptable British war film
28 June 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A Hill in Korea is a typical British war film, shot in crisp black and white and with Portugal doing a rather good job of standing in for the Korean countryside. The plot sees a British platoon cut off by Chinese forces and forced to take refuge on a hill which they must defend to the last man in the face of overwhelming attacks.

You know these sorts of films by now: half of the conflict comes from the besieging enemy, the other half from divisions within the group, as various characters crack or show their true heroic nature. And the low budget seems to work hand in hand with the plot of these films, helping to make them feel tense and claustrophobic. A Hill in Korea has a lot of casual racism in it, which was a bit of a surprise, but the all-star cast makes it worthwhile.

George Baker (TREAD SOFTLY STRANGER) is a dependable presence as the lieutenant leading the platoon, and Harry Andrews is once again the gruff sergeant - a role he seemed destined to play throughout his career. Ronald Lewis makes an impact as the guy going out of his mind, and others like Percy Herbert, Michael Medwin, and Stephen Boyd flesh out the rank and file troops. Best of all is the chance to see Robert Shaw and Michael Caine, both uncredited early on in their careers.


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