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The Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood Story (1992)

True story about war prisoner Robert Garwood

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Edward Gold (story), John Pielmeier (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Macchio ... Robert Garwood
Martin Sheen ... William F. (Ike) Eisenbraun
Noah Blake ... Russ Grisset
Le Tuan Le Tuan ... Ho
Steve Park ... Hom
Joseph Hieu ... Scarface
Henry Beckman ... Psychiatrist
John Archie John Archie ... P.O.W. 1
Juan F. Cejas ... P.O.W. 2
Carl Jay Cofield Carl Jay Cofield ... P.O.W. 3
Steve DuMouchel ... P.O.W. 4
Roberto Escobar ... Captain Composto
Jeremy Kerns Jeremy Kerns ... P.O.W. 6
Jeff Lerner Jeff Lerner ... P.O.W. 8
John Orofino John Orofino ... P.O.W. 10
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In March 1979, Marine Pfc. Robert Garwood emerged from 14 years of captivity in Vietnam, an unwelcome symbol of a conflict that still haunts many Americans. His appearance caused an uproar: All other known American POWs had been released six years before. Might there be more? But far from hailing him as a returning hero, the Marine Corps court-martialed Garwood for allegedly collaborating with the enemy, desertion, assault on a fellow prisoner and other charges. Nearly two dozen ex-prisoners of war testified that Garwood had "gone native," becoming an officer in the North Vietnamese Army, carrying a rifle, living with his captors, coming and going as he pleased and guarding his fellow Americans from 1966 to 1969. Garwood pleaded insanity. The judge dismissed most charges, but in 1981 Garwood was found guilty of collaboration and assault. He was the only American POW convicted for his conduct in captivity while in Vietman. The case was a painful footnote to the Vietnam War, evoking ...

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English

Release Date:

28 June 1993 (USA) See more »

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Garwood: Prisoner of War See more »

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Typical Hollywood Whitewash!!!!!!
19 September 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

This movie is a true example of Hollywood liberalism and cowardice! Look at the facts, they didn't even release it from the shelf for almost two years after The Persian Gulf War because they knew that the American public would not fall for its lies and deceptions. I am a Sergeant in the Army with almost seventeen years of military experience on active duty and in the National Guard. I served in Operation Desert Storm and have read widely on military history. Trust me, Bobby Garwood was nothing but a Benedict Arnold who should have been put in front of a military firing squad! No I take that back he didn't even deserve that honor! I have read several accounts of Vietnam POWs and all of them told the truth about this man. The Jane Fonda crowd tried to make him out like a martyr instead of the traitor he was. His fellow prisoners called him "the white Gook". He wore a VC uniform and helped torture and lock them up like the enemy did. Upon his release in 1979, the USMC court martialled Garwood and dishonorably discharged him. He deserved worse for what he did. I cannot believe that this film was even made, that they had the balls to make it in light of the facts about this stinking American traitor.


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