Three Came Home (1950)

Three Came Home


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Based on the autobiographical book by Agnes Newton Keith, Three Came Home stars Claudette Colbert as Mrs. Keith. Trapped in Borneo during the Japanese invasion, Mrs. Keith and her British husband (Patric Knowles) are penned up in a prison camp along with several other subjects. Despite the humanitarian views of camp commander Col. Suga (Sessue Hayakawa), Mrs. Keith is subject to torture, starvation, and humiliation at the hands of the guards, with Suga helpless to intervene lest he incur the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Agnes Newton Keith, Nunnally Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 16, 2002
20th Century Fox



as Agnes Newton Keith

as Harry Keith

as Colonel Suga

as Betty Sommers

as Henrietta

as Sister Rose

as Lt. Nekata

as Woman Prisoner

as Woman Prisoner

as Woman prisoner

as Woman Prisoner

as Japanese Captain

as Ah Yin

as Elderly resident

as 1st Lieutenant

as Australian POW

as Wilfred

as English boy

as Wilfred

as English girl

as Japanese Sergeant

as Englishman

as Evil Guard

as Dr. Bandy

as Japanese Non-Com

as Japanese Boat Pilot

as Japanese Sea Captain

as English Woman

as Australian POW

as Orderly

as Governor General

as English radio announ...

as English Radio Announ...

as Australian POW

as Australian POW

as Australian POW

as Australian POW

as Australian POW

as Australian POW

as Australian POW

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Critic Reviews for Three Came Home

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Claudette Colbert gives an extremely powerful performance in this well-directed WWII prison drama, based on the memoirs of American writer Agnes Newton Keith.

Full Review… | December 7, 2010

The depiction of Japanese soldiers is often harsh, but somewhat nuanced considering the era. At least there are none wearing Coke-bottle glasses and speaking English in a racist patter.

Full Review… | November 2, 2010
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Harrowing war tale.

Full Review… | March 20, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Three Came Home

Even in the midst of a Japanese concentration camp, Claudette Colbert's poise and class shines through. What an amazing, beautiful human being.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Sensitive and humane portaryal of life in a Japanese women's prisoner of war camp with a great sense of location and a very moving performance by Sessue Hayakawa as the commandant. (A role he would reprise in David Lean's Bridge On the River Kwai)

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

This is such a fine and inspiring film, Claudette Colbert gives a stand out performance, and Sessue Hayakawa gives an amazing supporting performance. It does tend a little too heavy on melodrama, but it's an unforgettable and beautifully done film.

James Higgins

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