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An Army colonel seeks the truth about a major accused of treason for when he was a POW in Korea.

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  • Actors: Richard Widmark, Richard Basehart, Dolores Michaels, June Lockhart, Carl Benton Reid
  • Directors: Karl Malden
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U6YIB0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,853 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Ms. V. J. Tomlinson on March 2, 2009
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Through his company Heath Productions, this was Richard Widmarks first venture into film production. Directed by his 'real life' friend Karl Malden, Widmark's performance as Colonel Bill Edwards is everything one would expect from this talented actor.

The story is about a group of Korean POWs who were subjected to psychological torture and physical hardship in an effort to make them sign false statements that the USA was using biological warfare. After months of holding out, the senior officer suddenly capitulates and begins to try to indocrinate his men with Korean propaganda. One of the men dies mysteriously. On their repatriation to the USA, it is the job of Colonel Edwards to find out exactly what happened.

The film is set on a military base, Governor's Island,New York, though the introduction and later 'flash backs' take place at Camp Gee Gee in North Korea.

Edward's investigation includes two main characters, the senior officer Major Cargill (Richard Basehart) accused of treason, and Lieutenant Miller (Rip Torn) a main witness. There are many facets to this investigation and Widmark plays each with equal mastery. He uses gentle coaxing with witnesses at first, then when this fails and he is put under pressure from his C.O. to speed things up, he builds up the pressure to angrily try and get at the truth. There is a moving and tender scene when Edwards visits Cargill's wife (June Lockhart) to try and find out why her husband refuses to defend himself against the charge of treason.

The films serious tone during the investigations is relieved for filmgoers by scenes revealing the amicable and loyal relationships Edwards has with his team - right hand man Sgt Baker (Martin Balsam)and secretary Sgt Evans (Dolores Michaels).
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A 1957 film based on whether a Korean POW should be tried for treason based on the evidence known to the US army investigator (Richard Widmark) the movie structure reveals strongly its theatre play origins but is fascinating for a number of reasons:

1. The take on what constitutes treason based on how POWs were treated by North Korea was given its time of release at the height of the Cold War a very bold story line.

2. While Richard Widmark's role proves acting the heavy and not the good guy would always be his forte the performances of Richard Basehart as the accused major and Martin Balsam as the closed minded adjutant to Widmark's Colonel prove that each were well capable of greater things though fate was ultimately kinder to Balsam in this regard in their respective careers.

3. The film is one of the two movies directed by the ever popular actor Karl Malden (Widmark as co-producer may have had a say in his choice) and one is left feeling sorry he did not take up the directors chair more often based on this first outing.
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An army lawyer (Richard Widmark) is assigned the case of a major (Richard Baseheart) who refuses to defend himself against charges of collaborating with the enemy during his imprisonment in a North Korean POW camp despite a number of suspicious circumstances. The resolution will cast new light on what it means to be a hero or a traitor.

Although this film is a bit stagy due to its origin as a theater play, it succeeds by getting the fundamentals right: a fine cast, taut direction (by actor Karl Malden), and compelling drama. It's mature and nuanced view of patriotism is particularly interesting since this film was produced during the depths of the Cold War.
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Very interesting movie, enjoyed it very much. Widmark has always been one of my favorite actors growing up, especially the "Long Ships", and this one is a good example of how great he was. The story is fiction I believe (not sure), but is extremely important to me, a retired military officer, and a good example of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (The Code). The acting by all was excellent, great old 'black and white' from back in the '50's that I somehow missed, but still excellent movie.
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Such a terrific movie! Richard Widmark plays a military lawyer who is trying to get to the bottom of a case where a death was involved while a group of soldiers was in a POW camp. For once, he basically plays a good guy. Basehart is one of the soldiers that he is trying to help- even though he doesn't want it.
Highly recommended film with great performances all around and a really interesting script.
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Richard Widmark has always been one of my favorites. In this powerful film, Richard Widmark is a senior JAG officer tasked to investigate apparent acts of treason by an American officer POW in Korea. The Korean War is over now, and one officer committed acts in collaboration with the enemy such as signing leaflets affirming germ warfare by America, and the like.

At first the whole matter seems clear-cut, but Widmark soon discovers that all of the involved POWs at the camp are hiding a terrible secret. Army politics intrude into the investigation, and only the integrity of the JAG officer prevents possible injustice. More would be telling, but this is a fine film that shows that many acts of wrongdoing involve shades of grey and extenuation. I had seen this film as a teenager, and it made quite an impression on me. It is terrific that this excellent film is now available on Amazon Instant Video. Don't miss it. RJB.
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