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December 24, 2015
Welcome to the meat grinder.

While the United States and Korean diplomats are working on negotiating an end to the Korean War, the troops for both countries remain at war on the ground. The American troops are given an impossible mission to take Pork Chop Hill for no other reason than moral victory. That doesn't feel like a good reason to the US troops who know the war could end any minute now; and even if they take the hill, once at top they can be easily surrounded and attacked. The troops reluctantly pursue the hill.

"They're behind us. Every Where. Millions of them..."

Lewis Milestone, director of All Quiet on the Western Front, Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), Ocean's 11, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Les Miserables (1952), and A Walk in the Sun, delivers Pork Chop Hill. The storyline for this is very compelling and has some interesting characters and scenarios. The acting is solid and the cast includes Gregory Peck, Rip Torn, Robert Blake, Harry Guardino, George Peppard, and Bob Steele.

"When I get home I'm going to live in an elevator going up and down."

I was excited to discover this was recently coming on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR it. This was a very solid war movie. It isn't my favorite war genre film, but Peck is excellent in his role. This delivers a unique perspective of the Korean War that makes it a must see but isn't good enough to be a must own for your DVD collection.

"You're no good up here with one arm."

Grade: B
October 17, 2015
for 1959, a surprisingly integrated cast gives a brutal performance....
May 18, 2014
One of the Great War Movies, and definitely the best Korean War movie
February 21, 2014
good war movie this time the korean war
December 22, 2013
Lt. Joe Clemons (Gregory Peck) has been given the order: take Pork Chop Hill. If It's taken by the Chinese, U.S. negotiators at the Panmunjom peace conference would lose face with their Communist adversaries - and unthinkable outcome. And so, Clemons leads his troops into combat, to fight for an object that they know to be strategically pointless. But they also know that an order and they must take Pork Chop Hill - or die trying - so that millions can live in freedom tomorrow for what Clemons and his men will sacrifice today.

also stars Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, George Peppard, James Edwards, George Shibata, Woody Strode, Bob Steele and Norman Fell.

directed by Lewis Milestone.
½ August 6, 2013
Pork Chop Hill is an excellent film. It is about one of the major battles of the Korean War. Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, and Rip Torn give incredible performances. The screenplay is well written. Lewis Milestone did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed the motion picture because of the drama. Pork Chop Hill is a must see.
½ March 8, 2013
Unforgettable performance of the forgotten war--Non-stop action on a dusty Korean hill!!
February 7, 2013
Directed by Lewis Milestone, (All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Ocean's Eleven (1960) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)), this is a powerful and atmospheric war film with a good cast. It focuses on a war that's seldom been seen in film or on screen, (Apart from MASH), but this is a powerful film done with dark cinematography which focuses on one of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War, and it makes a for a good story on film. It begins in April 1953, during the Korean War, a company of American soldiers, led by Lieutenant Joe Clemons (Gregory Peck) are ordered to capture Pork Chop Hill from an platoon of the Communist Chinese army. The American's lead a bloody assault, and out of 135 troops, only 25 survive, and there's another wave of the Chinese army ready to attack. The higher command are unwilling to deploy more troops to defend the hill, so it's up to Clemons and Lieutenant Walter Russell (Rip Torn) to keep on top of the troops, and hold the hill, in the hope that the Panmunjeom cease-fire negotiations succeed. It's a dark and powerful war film, it's a character piece at heart, with Peck turning in another great performance, it's battle sequences are well done, and the whole battle has a touch of what was to come in Zulu (1964), it's a pity there haven't been more Korean war films.
½ August 21, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012

(1959) Pork Chop Hill
WAR

Based on fact written from S.L.A. Marshall's personal book similar to "Hamburger Hill" centering on taking charge of a pointless hill. In this case it's against the Chinese taking the hill from the Koreans and the US soldiers duty to take it back from them. Another anti-war film with a message already seen way before the movie is even over still important since it's part of history. Starring Gregory Peck as the Sergent and George Peppard, Rip Torn and Robert Blake playing some of the soldiers.

3 out of 4
garyX
Super Reviewer
½ June 13, 2012
A company of American soldiers stationed in Korea suffer terrible losses when ordered to take a strategically unimportant hill from Chinese forces. Pork Chop Hill was directed by Lewis Milestone who was no stranger to the genre having directed the classic All Quiet On The Western Front and here he pretty much invented the modern war movie. Influencing everything from Zulu to Black Hawk Down, its power is in its gritty realism and unrelenting depiction of terrifying and seemingly meaningless violence. It was based upon real accounts and written by a veteran soldier which gives it a real authenticity and is very unsentimental in its representation of the soldier on the ground, avoiding the usual soap opera back stories of the central characters. Instead it jumps straight into the action and virtually the entire film is set in the blood soaked trenches. Woody Strode's sole dissenter adds a mild socio-political element which was expanded on the great effect in the Vietnam-based remake Hamburger Hill and solid performances all round make for a quality war film that won't change the mind of anyone who dislikes the genre but will be a potential favourite of those who do.
½ April 4, 2012
Gritty, action filled Korean war film, with commander Gregory Peck leading a cast of soon to be famous stars, including Rip Torn, Harry Dead Stanton, Robert Blake and Martin Landau (also Gavin "Captain Stubing" MacLeod).
March 16, 2012
This is a boring and very lame movie. I only made it an hour or so before I bailed.
½ December 14, 2011
Hard-hitting film starring the great Gregory Peck and directed by Lewis Milestone.
August 26, 2011
Lt. Joe Clemons (Gregory Peck) has been given the order: take Pork Chop Hill. If It's taken by the Chinese, U.S. negotiators at the Panmunjom peace conference would lose face with their Communist adversaries - and unthinkable outcome. And so, Clemons leads his troops into combat, to fight for an object that they know to be strategically pointless. But they also know that an order and they must take Pork Chop Hill - or die trying - so that millions can live in freedom tomorrow for what Clemons and his men will sacrifice today.

also stars George Peppard, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, George Shibata, James Edwards, Woody Strode, Bob Steele and Norman Fell.

directed by Lewis Milestone.
March 12, 2011
A straight forward war story, that mostly takes place in the trenches. Most of the movie is people getting killed, themes of why they are fighting, and a decent cast.

Gregory Peck shines as the hardnosed commander who must take Pork Chop Hill and motivate his troops, regardless of the war ending soon. He must take on the enemy as well as the slack of his own troops.

There are quite a few good scenes, especially with the demoralizing enemy speaker. He tries to discourage and persuade the American to surrender at every turn, but never to excess.

Gregory Peck was the only reason I watched this film. He hands a nice tough leader type role and performs well. The rest of the cast is too sporadic and similar to give any credit.

A grim and bleak war film, but with very little substance or style to make it stand apart from other war films.
½ January 1, 2011
Good performances to be sure...but the most interesting thing is the announcer on the loudspeaker who streams perfect English to discourage the advancing soldiers. It's almost like a friendly, concerned voice from home -- kinda confusing since it's obviously not. Don't think I've ever seen something like this in a movie before. To me, that is the most unique thing since I've seen so many war movies (with "better" effects and situations)..but I haven't been around this long, so what do I know?!?! lol :)

There a some familiar faces from the 80s, it's kind of cool to see them so long ago in their youth.
November 19, 2010
This review is also applicable to Das Boot.

I am going to simplify my reviews of these two classic war movies into one topic ... values.

By value I am not writing about monetary values. You have probably heard the phrase: "He knows the price of everything and the value of nothing". I know people like this too. Value in the movies being reviewed in not the intrinsic 'value' of the thing being fought over or for, but the sacrifice individuals are willing to make for the effort. Pork Chop Hill was a forgotten battle in a forgotten war and soldiers died to prove that they valued with their sacrifice a thing on no military value.


Das Boot was based on a mission of failure for a lost cause, but of value to those men who died also to show that by their sacrifice they valued the effort and each other, not the mission.
October 5, 2010
This gritty, grim Korean war drama presents the grueling ordeal of a platoon charged with taking a hill of no military value during the final days of the war. While diplomats and generals argue over peace negotiations (in an appropriately wordless montage under the opening credits), tough but compassionate Lt. Joe Clemons (Gregory Peck) leads a unit of 135 men up a well-guarded hill while miscommunication--and at times no communication--cuts them off from reinforcements and regimental command
October 2, 2010
One of the best war movies I have ever seen, awesome ast in this movie based on the Korean War
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