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Hell in Korea Details


Filmed in Surrey, England, Hell in Korea was shipped out to more conservative movie houses as A Hill in Korea. The title essentially tells all in this no-nonsense account of a group of UN soldiers during the Korean "police action" of the early 1950s. This "skeleton" patrol maintains its tenuous hold over a strategic hill, while determining the best method of sneaking into a communist-held village. While Korean veterans tended to dismiss the film as Hollywood-style hokum, Hell in Korea has stood the test of time far better than many other more elaborate "realistic" wartime dramas. The film, based on a novel by Max Catto, served as the movie debut of Michael Caine, who does not receive screen credit in the original prints--an oversight rectified in TV prints issued after Caine's rise to stardom. In his second film, Robert Shaw is securely ensconced in a good supporting role. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


George Baker
as Lt. Butler
Harry Andrews
as Sgt. Payne
Stanley Baker
as Corporal Ryker
Michael Caine
as Private Lockyer
Stephen Boyd
as Pvt. Sims
Victor Maddern
as Pvt. Lindop
Harry Landis
as Pvt. Rabin
Robert Brown
as Pvt. O'Brien
Barry Lowe
as Pvt. Neill
Robert Shaw
as Lance-Cpl. Hodge
Charles Laurence
as Pvt. Kim
Eric Corrie
as Pvt. Matthews
Percy Herbert
as Pvt. Moon
Michael Medwin
as Pvt. Docker


Julian Amyes
Anthony Squire
Anthony Squire
Ian Dalrymple
Max Catto
Book Author
Freddie Francis
Malcolm Arnold
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Hunt