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"I want to be a farmer...I like to watch things grow"

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"Robert was much misunderstood. Not only was he a funny man, he was a kind man." - George Roy Hill

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Robert Shaw as Lance Corporal Billy Hodge

During the Korean War retreat in 1951, a small British recon group is surrounded by Chinese troops and holds out in a lonely temple atop a hill.

 

Directed by Julian Amyes

Screenplay by Anthony Squire, Ronald Spencer and Ian Dalrymple from the novel by Max Catto

Produced by Anthony Squire and Ian Dalrymple

Music by Malcolm Arnold

Cinematography by Freddie Francis

Edited by Peter Hunt

Technical Adviser: Michael Caine

Also starring George Baker, Michael Medwin, Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker, Victor Maddern, Harry Landis, Ronald Lewis and Michael Caine

Released by British Lion Films

Release Date: September 18th 1956

Running Time: 81 minutes

Location(s): Shepperton Studios, Surrey and Portugal

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This was the film debut
of Michael Caine.

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the hilltop

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Official Movie Soundtrack

Joseph Valador Interview

Fighting on Film Podcast

Enjoy the opening and closing music composed by Malcolm Arnold.

Valador talks of his involvement with the production of Hell in Korea, while it was being filmed on location in Portugal. Valador served as an interpreter for the British production crew.

A fascinating look at the making of the film with a scrutiny on the military details and the weapons used during the filming.

Michael Caine Interview

Korean War Documentary

70th Anniversary Mini Doc

Fascinating interview with Korean War veteran Michael Caine.

 Documentary about the Korean War.

A mini documentary about the movie and the war from 2021.

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DIRECTOR
Julian Amyes
(1917 - 1992)