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The Hanoi Hilton (1987)

R | | Drama, War | 23 May 1987 (Taiwan)
A drama focusing on the suffering, torture, and brutal treatment the American P.O.W.s had to deal with daily while in North Vietnam's Hoa Lo Prison, the most infamous P.O.W. camp in Hanoi. ... See full summary »

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Lionel Chetwynd

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Lionel Chetwynd

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Moriarty ... Williamson
John Edwin Shaw ... Mason
Ken Wright Ken Wright ... Kennedy
Paul Le Mat ... Hubman
David Soul ... Oldham
Stephen Davies ... Miles
Lawrence Pressman ... Cathcart
Doug Savant ... Ashby
David Anthony Smith David Anthony Smith ... Gregory
Jeffrey Jones ... Fischer
John Vargas ... Oliviera
Rick Fitts ... Turner
Scotty Sachs Scotty Sachs ... Soles
John Diehl ... Murphy
Jesse Dabson ... Rasmussen
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Storyline

A drama focusing on the suffering, torture, and brutal treatment the American P.O.W.s had to deal with daily while in North Vietnam's Hoa Lo Prison, the most infamous P.O.W. camp in Hanoi. The film focuses on the resistance the prisoners gave to their captors and the strong bonds formed by the Americans during their captivity. Written by mike407

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese | French

Release Date:

23 May 1987 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hanoi Hilton See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,784, 29 March 1987

Gross USA:

$760,000
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The plane at the end of the film was a C-141 stretch - an extended C-141 aircraft. They did not start extending the C-141 airframe until well after the Vietnam conflict ended. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, the Son Tay Raid and the death of Ho Chi Minh occur at just about the same time, but in fact happened 14 months apart with the death of Ho in September 1969 and the raid in November 1970. See more »

Quotes

Shipboard Journalist: [Interviewing Williamson aboard an aircraft carrier, Gulf of Tonkin, off of Viet Nam in 1964] Commander Williamson: there's a small, but growing, concern in Congress that, uh, we might be getting in over our heads in Southeast Asia. How does this strike you?
Williamson: Well, I think we ought to be here. The South Vietnamese want to establish a country with values similar to our own. I think we ought to help.
Shipboard Journalist: And what values are those?
Williamson: Freedom, the right to think for yourself, follow your own faith - you ...
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Soundtracks

Let Us Sew Warm Clothes
Performed by The Vietnamese National Song and Dance Ensemble
Courtesy of Monitor Records
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Hanoi Hilton
21 July 2009 | by ihope-youlikemeSee all my reviews

It is always refreshing to see Col Jim Thompson receiving the recognition he so rightly deserves. I was honored to have known Col Thompson following his return from the hells of 9 years of imprisonment. My father was an officer stationed at Valley Forge General Hospital after his own stint in Viet Nam. He was chosen to be Col Thompson's personal escort upon his return.

When finally determined to be "healthy" enough to travel, he spent many evenings with us. Even though I was a very young man at the time, 3rd grade, I will never forget the scenes that played out around our dining room table and in our living room.

As far as I am concerned, Col Thompson was then and is now in death a true American hero. I wish others would hear of his story to understand what he and the other POWs went through.

It is because of their determination, and all those who serve, that have guaranteed our freedoms for over 200 years.


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