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Three Came Home (1950)

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

Cast

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
Duncan Richardson
as English boy
Sun Li
as Wilfred
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
Pat O'Moore
as Australian POW
Ken Kurosa
as Orderly
Leonard Willey
as Governor General
Campbell Copelin
as English radio announ...
Leslie Denison
as English Radio Announ...
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
Mark Dzier
as Australian POW
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Critic Reviews for Three Came Home

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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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)

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xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Boring and pedantic in the opening minutes - the film, and Colbert's performance, comes alive in the middle with a satisfying ending which leaves you guessing up to that last minute. While the Japanese are definitely the baddies they aren't caricatures; and the shocking moments were truly shocking to 1950 audiences - they are still alarming today.

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