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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

PORK CHOP HILL (1959)


One of the few Korean War pics was both comeback vehicle & last hurrah for Lewis Milestone, who had little control on his last films (OCEANS 11; MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY). Since the film is one big battle scene, it plays into Milestone’s strong suit, but rather like the war itself, it’s hard to get too enthused. Gregory Peck displays his fine slow burn tantrum, but the real kick comes in watching Rip Torn, Martin Landau, Robert Blake, George Peppard, Norman Fell, Harry Guardino, Woody Strode, etc. in dewy days. And whatever happened to George Shibata, who stands out in the atypical multi-racial cast.

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