Pork Chop Hill

Pork Chop Hill

Director: Lewis Milestone Cast: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn


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Pork Chop Hill was based on the eyewitness essays of ex-soldier S. L. A. Marshall. The film is set during the Korean "police action." While diplomats argue pointlessly over the shape of the negotiation tables at Panmunjon, United Nations troops bleed and die. Lieutenant Gregory Peck leads a 135-man unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill. When reinforcements finally arrive, only 25 of Peck's men survive (and they aren't the usual survivors we've come to expect from earlier, cliché-ridden war films). Among the American troops are such dependable performers as Harry Guardino, Woody Strode, Rip Torn, Barry Atwater, George Peppard, Robert Blake and Martin Landau. Former cowboy-star Bob Steele also shows up briefly as an American general. According to director Lewis Milestone, Pork Chop Hill was cut by nearly twenty minutes because the wife of star Gregory Peck felt that her husband made his first entrance too late into the picture. True or not, the film does show signs of post-production tampering, with flashes of several excised scenes showing up under the main title credits.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2015
UPC: 0887090089302
Original Release: 1959
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 15,642

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Lt. Joe Clemons
Harry Guardino Forstman
Rip Torn Lt. Russell
George Peppard Fedderson
James Edwards Corporal Jurgens
George Shibata Lt. O'Hashi
Bob Steele Kern
Woody Strode Franklin
Norman Fell Sgt. Coleman
Robert Blake Velie
Biff Elliot Boven
Barry Atwater Davis
Michael Garth S-2 Officer
Ken Lynch Gen. Trudeau
Paul Comi Sgt. Kreucheberg
Abel Fernandez McKinley
Lew Gallo PI Officer
Cliff Ketchum Cpl. Payne
Martin Landau Marshall
Kevin Hagen Cpl. Kissell
Leonard Graves Lt. Cook
Syl Lamont Sgt. Kuzmick
John Alderman Lt. Waldorf
Charles Aidman Harrold
Chuck Hayward Chalmers
Buzz Martin Radio Operator
Robert B. Williams Soldier Runner
William Wellman Iron Man
Barry McGuire Lt. Attridge
John R. McKee Olds
Bert Remsen Lt. Cummings
Harry Dean Stanton MacFarland
Carl Benton Reid Actor
Gavin MacLeod Saxon

Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director
Edward Armand Costumes/Costume Designer
Eddie Armand Costumes/Costume Designer
Sy Bartlett Producer
George Boemler Editor
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Joseph G. Clemons Consultant/advisor
Ray Gosnell Asst. Director
David Koehler Special Effects
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Frank Prehoda Makeup
Nicolai Remisoff Production Designer
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
James R. Webb Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pork Chop Hill
1. Chapter 1 [11:45]
2. Chapter 2 [7:30]
3. Chapter 3 [11:45]
4. Chapter 4 [12:04]
5. Chapter 5 [18:04]
6. Chapter 6 [:20]
7. Chapter 7 [12:31]
8. Chapter 8 [13:12]

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Pork Chop Hill 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great war movie. There is no glory or key battle of the Korean War, only a hard fight for a worthless piece of ground.  The movie highlights the  'fog of war' and  the willingness of either side to spend resources for  territory of questionable value:  a hill that is worth both nothing and everything..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Movie for your WWII Movie Collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I consider this movie great. This was an anti-war movie, before it was trendy to do so. Show the futility of war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie encompassing desperate situations, human conflict, and the mass confusion of war. Excellent primer on leadership.