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The Hanoi Hilton
The Hanoi Hilton
Actors: Michael Moriarty, Paul Le Mat, John Edwin Shaw, Ken Wright, David Soul
Director: Lionel Chetwynd
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Documentary, Military & War
R     2008     2hr 5min

Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 11/11/2008 Run time: 128 minutes Rating: R


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Actors: Michael Moriarty, Paul Le Mat, John Edwin Shaw, Ken Wright, David Soul
Director: Lionel Chetwynd
Creators: Mark Irwin, Lionel Chetwynd, Penelope Shaw, Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Vietnam War, Military & War
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 11/11/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 2hr 5min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French, Vietnamese
Subtitles: English, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 11/27/2011...
I started watching this movie and thought, Well it's not a major motion picture with an endless budget. But it kept getting better and better as I watched and soon I didn't care that it wasn't a multi-million dollar blockbuster. I started to identify with the characters(Michael Moriarty was excellent) and really get into the story. Needless to say I watched the whole movie and felt I learned alot more than I thought I knew about Vietnam war prisoners and what they went through. Also, this dvd edition has a sit down commentary discussion between the Director(Lionel Chetwynd) and Senator John McCain that was extremely informative as well candid and sincere. To sum this all up I would say, You won't find a multi-million dollar Hollywood Blockbuster in this one but you will take away a better understanding of what happened over there and why. Everyone should watch it once.

Movie Reviews

The Hanoi Hilton
Thomas A. Silvia | Jackson, TN United States | 01/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was in the Air Force during the war and have over 100 combat missions. This is the most accurate presentation of the war that is available. It is a story that needed telling and still needs to be told. It describes the situation of the American prisoners in Vietnam in an accurate and truthfull manner. Everyone should see it."
The Horrors Of Hoa Lo Prison And Of Enemy Disinformation
Michael Daly | Wakefield, MA USA | 06/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Hanoi Hilton angered a lot of reviewers upon its 1987 release. The New Republic launched its exceptionally vicious review of the film by calling it "filth." Other reviewers howled in protest by calling the film "one-sided," "virulent," and so forth.Such reviews only confirm James Bowman's point about the idiotic film Kids, namely that the movie reviewing community consists of the most gullible people in the world, people who would never think to challenge the assumptions they want to see confirmed in the movies they review.It confirms this point because what the denunciations of The Hanoi Hilton really reflect is the film's commitment to truth. The film is about Hoa Lo prison, one of the most brutal POW prisons in history. North Vietnam not only tortured and killed prisoners, it used them as propaganda tools, and enlisted the aid of Westerners to spread disinformation about Hanoi and its war aims.The film captures such disinformation actions in two crucial scenes; early on, an Australian TV journalist (based on the real life journalist Wilfred Burchette, who aided Communist forces all over the world and participated in the torture of American pilots in both Korea and Vietnam) openly in league with the Communists does a piece on a prisoner who steadfastly refuses to go along with the colossal fraud being permeated about Communist benevolence. The Aussie gripes at the prison commandant (Aki Akeong) about the POW's uncooperative attitude.Later, an American film actress and her husband (based on Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden) greet the POWs and ask them to sign an apology "to the women and children you bombed." Of course they did no such thing, and tell her off on it.Nonetheless she wins the release of a few prisoners, much to the contempt of almost all of them. This is one of the film's major themes; one goes, we all go, as is repeatedly told by the POWs to the prison commandant.Eventually the POWs are released upon the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, and celebrate having outlasted the enemy as they take off for freedom.The film's superb cast, tremendous attention to detail (the sets were built through extensive consultatition with men who were imprisoned in Hoa Lo), and Lionel Chetwynd's flawless direction make for a chilling story."
The Hanor Hilton
Marie T. Cei | USA | 04/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie shows what terrrible hardships these prisoners had to endure. I had the priviladge to talk to one of the wives of these heros and she confirmed a lot of events shown in this movie. Also stated that she was not allowed to even mention that her husband was shot down for six-months. Tell her that this movie was "too long and over emotional"!! Most americans just did not want to face reality during this sad time in our Country's history. I was there during 1966-1968 and in Sigon 1970."