Three Came Home


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 wrath of his own superiors. Three Came Home contains several unforgettable moments, including a comic interlude between the male and female prisoners that ends abruptly with a barrage of Japanese bullets, and the heartwrenching scene wherein Suga learns that his family has been killed in a bombing raid. Since lapsing into the public domain in 1977, Three Came Home has popped up innumerable times on cable television.

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Claudette Colbert
as Agnes Newton Keith
Patric Knowles
as Harry Keith
Sessue Hayakawa
as Colonel Suga
Florence Desmond
as Betty Sommers
Sylvia Andrew
as Henrietta
Phyllis Morris
as Sister Rose
Howard Chuman
as Lt. Nekata
Drue Mallory
as Woman Prisoner
Virginia Keiley
as Woman Prisoner
Mimi Heyworth
as Woman prisoner
Helen Westcott
as Woman Prisoner
Taka Iwashaiki
as Japanese Captain
Devi Dja
as Ah Yin
John Burton
as Elderly resident
James Yanari
as 1st Lieutenant
George Leigh
as Australian POW
Betty Sun
as Wilfred
Sun Li
as Wilfred
Duncan Richardson
as English boy
Melinda Plowman
as English girl
Butch Yamamota
as Japanese Sergeant
Patrick Whyte
as Englishman
David Matsushama
as Evil Guard
Alex Frazer
as Dr. Bandy
Frank Kobata
as Japanese Non-Com
Al Saijo
as Japanese Boat Pilot
Jim Hagimori
as Japanese Sea Captain
Patricia O'Callaghan
as English Woman
Ken Kurosa
as Orderly
Pat O'Moore
as Australian POW
Leonard Willey
as Governor General
Campbell Copelin
as English radio announcer
Leslie Denison
as English Radio Announcer
Harry Martin
as Australian POW
Patrick O'Moore
as Australian POW
Clarke Gordon
as Australian POW
Douglas Walton
as Australian POW
Robin Hughes
as Australian POW
John Mantley
as Australian POW
James Logan
as Australian POW
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Critic Reviews for Three Came Home

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Audience Reviews for Three Came Home

  • Oct 15, 2013
    If war is hell for men, what must it be like for women? Caught with their men in Borneo in front of an invading Japanese army, and then taken prisoner, the movie focuses on an American wife (and their son) of a British public servant - ordered to remain at their posts. How they survive is played for poignancy, and Claudette Colbert (nearly too matronly for the role) is up for that task. The work belongs though to Sessue Hayakawa and his stunning portrayal of a man of the world figuratively caught and imprisoned by the same war. His reaction to the bombing of Hiroshima is reason alone to see this surprisingly (for a 'woman's movie') harrowing tale.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2009
    Even in the midst of a Japanese concentration camp, Claudette Colbert's poise and class shines through. What an amazing, beautiful human being.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2007
    very good drama about life in a slant-eye P.O.W. camp. the most touching moment being when the commanding officer takes some of the children home for some food and breaks down. claudette colbert was more than satisfactory in her role as the women taking care of child and seperated from her husband. the one bit i either missed or didn't make sense of was that she was pregnant at the beginning wasn't she? did that just go away or what? maybe i was making a cup of tea when that bit was on. if anyone can fill me in then feel free to post me a comment
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2007
    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 X Super Reviewer

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