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Pork Chop Hill

6.91 h 37 min1974PG
Set during the Korean War, PORK CHOP HILL illustrates true heroism in war, when soldiers in the field fight the real battle while diplomats and UN officials attempt democracy as their troups are bleeding and dying.
Lewis Milestone
Gregory PeckGeorge PeppardRip Torn
English [CC]
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Woody StrodeRobert Blake
Sy Barlett
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4.5 out of 5 stars

297 global ratings

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  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
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J. McDonaldReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pork Chop Hill.
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Lewis Milestone's last war film, quite underrated (perhaps because it depicts the Korean war) but a better reflection in it's time of the gritty and gruelling nature of battle.
Reportedly cut in post-production against the director`s wishes, it is based on the real events of a battle from 1953 when the US Army`s 7th Infantry Division recaptured a strategic point from the communist forces.
It still stands up well as a more realistic portrayal of war with a good cast of (today) recognisable actors who later went on to have distinguished careers in film.
Milestone pulls off his trademark camera-run-along the-trenches shot that gave such power to his first (unsurpassed) war film – still to good effect.
A fine film that still impresses despite more recent – and more visceral – depictions of battle.
The UK DVD has no extras, but provides a well mastered black and white print.
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deafbydawnReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 December 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Swedish bluray
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This is one of the best films concerning the Korean War. It follows 135 American soldiers as they attempt to take a large hill from it's entrenched Chinese defenders. It's fairly grim and realistic for it's time and although there is no Saving Private Ryan type gore there are some disturbing scenes. Once the action starts it barely lets up until the end . Look out for some up and coming actors in small parts , George Peppard, Martin Landau ,Harry Dean Stanton. Gregory Peck puts in a great understated performance as the officer in charge told to take his men into a fight where he knows many of them will be killed. The Swedish bluray has great picture quality for a film from 1959 ( I was very happy with it ) and plays fine in English without any subtitles, there are very thin black bars at the side of the picture, I believe this is to give the correct aspect ratio. You also get a dvd version of the film. . The bluray I was sent has a slightly different sleeve with a 15 cert at the bottom left and of course the text is not in English. There haven't been many good films about the Korean conflict , other notable efforts are , Fixed Bayonets, the Steel Helmet, Men in War and A Hill in Korea ( one from a British point of view ) , You could also try The Glory Brigade , One Minute to Zero and Retreat , Hell. For a modern Korean film, 71 - Into the Fire is very good and is a lot more bloody.
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OlavReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not so quiet on the Pork Chop front
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Filmed in 1959 with the cooperation of the US Army and directed by Lewis Milestone (All quiet on the western front), this is the portrayal of an actual battle in Korea. I don't know much about the actual battle, so I shall refrain from commenting on the realism (or lack thereof) of the battle.

The tone of the film is one of weary resignation bordering on despair among the US soldiers. You get the feeling that they are fed up and just want to go home. Despite this, they trudge forward to do their job as infantrymen. The battle sequences are in turn relentless and gripping with good special effects. Another nice touch is that the enemy is given a face and a voice in the form of a propaganda broadcaster whose facade starts to crack.

When watching this film one needs to bear in mind that it should not be taken at face value. Read between the lines. The Pentagon was and is very sensitive in just how the armed branches and the conflicts they participate in are portrayed. To get away with such a clear example of an anti-war message is no small feat.

For me, this film was a nice surprise. See it!
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 September 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
The real thing
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This film is probably the most realistic war film I have ever seen . Based on an actual event in the Korean war it brought home the absolute futility of that particular war. The action scenes are constantly to the fore and are first class and bring home both the soldiers great bravery and the cowardice of some. Also it does not fall into the trap of being gung-ho, helped by some very good acting by the cast especially Gregory Peck. It also shows the sheer frustration felt by the allied delegates at the Peace Conference.Altogether a film worth seeing.
D. CashmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 April 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
The story tells of the waste of human life in conflicts
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The story tells of the waste of human life in conflicts. It is exciting and at the same time frightening. I did find it a little confusing though as there was

This is a DVD that tells the story of the bravery of the fighting men and the lack of support for them from those negotiating the end of the war. They were not concerned for the lives of the soldiers but on how it looked politically. It is worth the price and it gives an insight into what happens at peace talks!
JoshReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 October 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Gregory Peck with alot on his plate
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This is an old fashioned war movie, albeit covering less well trod territory, about an assault on a hill in Korea. The story is a bit more political than some, but not in a 'preachy' way. It is solid and dramatic entertainment, with a good build up of tension and a bayonet charge. It is in B/W, but I didn't miss the colour, feeling that the starkness and darkness of B/W worked well for the story. A good one for war buffs.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 December 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A good film for its time
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watched this film back in the 50's or may be early 60's. I new a lot of people who served in the army in "Korea" most of them nation service men who live in the are I lived in. So, this film was real and true up to a point as I new it in those days. As yet I have not see it as am saving it along with a few others to watch over Xmas.
ElleppiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 August 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
A film that, despite the times it was made, doesn't fall into patriotic clichè and say something refreshing about war
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Although directed in the 50s and just after the end of Corean war, this film is surprisingly uncommon, both for the objectivity and unbiased depitction of the two sides, and for the sometimes unreal touch that make the war look totally irrational.
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