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.

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Pork Chop Hill (1959)

War/Action/Drama · 1h 37m

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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.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

Melville Productions

Budget

$3,000,000

Revenue

$3,690,000
Cast
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Gregory Peck

Lt. Joe Clemons
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Harry Guardino

Pvt. Forstman
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Rip Torn

Lt. Walter Russel
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George Peppard

Cpl. Chuck Fedderson
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Carl Benton Reid

American Admiral at Peace Conference
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James Edwards

Cpl. Jurgens
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Bob Steele

Col. Kern
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Woody Strode

Pvt. Franklin
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George Shibata

Lt. Suki Ohashi
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Norman Fell

Sgt. Coleman
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Lew Gallo

Lieutenant - Division Public Relations
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Robert Blake

Pvt. Velie
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Cliff Ketchum

Cpl. Payne - Radio Operator
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Biff Elliot

Pvt. Boven
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Charles Aidman

Lt. Harrold
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Barry Atwater

Lt. Col. Davis - Battalion Commander
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Viraj Amonsin

Chinese Broadcaster
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Michael Garth

S-2 Officer
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Leonard Graves

Lt. Cook
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Martin Landau

Lt. Marshall
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Ken Lynch

Maj. Gen. Trudeau
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Paul Comi

Sgt. Kreucheberg
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Syl Lamont

Sgt. Kuzmick
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Abel Fernandez

Kindley
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Kevin Hagen

Cpl. Kissell
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Chuck Hayward

Chalmers
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John Alderman

Lt. Waldorf
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Gavin MacLeod

Pvt. Saxon
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John McKee

Cpl. Olds
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Bert Remsen

Lt. Cummings
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Robert Williams

Soldier Runner (as Robert Williams)
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Buzz Martin

'George' Company Radioman
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William Wellman Jr.

Iron Man (as Bill Wellman Jr.)
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Henry Amargo

U.S. Soldier with Bazooka (uncredited)
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DeForest Covan

U.S. Soldier (uncredited)
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Barry Maguire

Lt. Attridge (uncredited)
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Titus Moede

U.S. Soldier (uncredited)
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Ralph Moratz

U.S. Soldier Feeding Chickens (uncredited)
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Dean Smith

U.S. Soldier (uncredited)
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Harry Dean Stanton

U.S. Soldier with Browning Automatic Rifle (uncredited)
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Ron Veto

U.S. Soldier (uncredited)
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Clarence Williams III

Message Runner (uncredited)
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Ben Wright

Senior British Officer (uncredited)
Crew
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Lewis Milestone

Director
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James R. Webb

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Pork Chop Hill

(DVD)

1/27/2015

Disc Title Front Cover

Pork Chop Hill

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

1/27/2015

Disc Title Front Cover

Pork Chop Hill

(DVD)

5/18/1999

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