Pork Chop Hill (1959) - Action, Drama, War

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During the Korean War peace talks, U.S. troops fight to retake a hill from the Communist Chinese forces.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino
Length: 97 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 10 out of 45 found boring (22.22%)

One-line Reviews (24)

contrived ending .

The Propaganda inserted for the Cold-War effort ("they are not orientals, they are communists"), and the Pat rescue Ending are Forced into the Movie and really do nothing to Enhance the Realism of the rest.

Gregory Peck, glorious black and white, and intense action--what more do you want.

Now, if some producer is still able to make a 90 minute movie with a similar gripping story nowadays, then you may call me Santa Claus!

With peace or cease fire negotiations going nowhere at Panmujeom the Red Chinese open up a full scale attack, using ear splitting bugles and human wave assaults, on Pork Chop Hill trying to dislodge the US Army company, Company K, that's holding it.

A fine way to pass a couple of boring hours.

Some editing is a bit ragged, but otherwise compelling.

infantry unit trying to gain control of high ground held by snipers and flame throwers in Korea on the edge of Armistice in 1953.

By the '70s, the media was confusing the Korean and Vietnam War,to the point where the average American saw the two conflicts as part of one big imperialist US government scam, designed to beat down the poor and oppressed and mislead generations of American citizens for reasons of pure rascality.

There is shell-shock, lingering, confusion, friendly-fire, and basic heroism.

The ensuing slog and mindless carnage, along with the screaming ineptitude of the brass coordinating the debacle from the relative safety of command posts, make for gripping and affecting viewing.

It all seems to be one languid, idle and slow pacing attack that is a big bore and a huge yawn.

Even the climatic battle where the US forces are besieged and saved at the last minute resembles a Western cliché and negates any anti-war comment the film is trying to make .

In many instances you can spot shots duplicated by Oliver Stone for Platoon: the slow pans around the littered battlefield, the awkward confrontations between squadmembers, and the lurking sensation between advances.

At times, PORK CHOP HILL is a mixed bag, but overall an engrossing and gripping flag waver with bite.

intense movie .

It presents a semi-fictionalised account of this bloody battle, most of the film seems to be historically accurate, whilst other parts are invented for the sake of the plot, which gave the film an engaging edge.

However, despite the compelling story, the tight focus, the excellent battle scenes, the lack of bombastic Hollywood heroics, the insight into combat, the rising tension and Mr Peck, the film never quite becomes a classic because the characters are too thinly sketched.

Celebratory vs Tragedy: it is in this fashion that most war films (even those which proclaim themselves to be antiwar) veer pathologically between antiwar statement and gung-ho propaganda.

His performance of a man on the edge is very believable.

Playing out (with some justification) as a paean to the wonderful infantrymen that fight the wars, it's an engrossing viewing that never feels preachy or self indulgent, a charge that sticks with many other acclaimed war dramas.

It's a "lions led by donkeys" affair with Gregory Peck and his men sent on a propaganda mission to secure a strategically irrelevant mound of rock and dirt in the last days of the Korean war.

Yeah, but in reality the film is just one long, terribly slow battle scene that is getting tedious already after 30 minutes.

Issuing orders which he knows will lead to pointless loss of life, Clemons leads his men up the titular hill into a maelstrom of enemy gunfire, looking on in horror and dismay as his boys are gunned down or blown to bits in their futile quest.