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War Hunt (1962)

12 | | Drama, War | May 1962 (USA)
Dispatched to the front lines during the Korean War, an idealistic American soldier discovers the horrors of combat and comes at odds with a psychopathic member of his platoon.

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Denis Sanders
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Saxon ... Pvt. Raymond Endore
Charles Aidman ... Capt. Wallace Pratt
Sydney Pollack ... Sgt. Owen Van Horn
Tommy Matsuda Tommy Matsuda ... Charlie
Gavin MacLeod ... Pvt. Crotty
Anthony Ray ... Pvt. Joshua Fresno
Tom Skerritt ... Sgt. Stan Showalter
William Challee ... Lt. Colonel
Nancy Hsueh ... Mama San
Robert Redford ... Pvt. Roy Loomis
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Storyline

Recruits head to the front lines towards the close of the Korean War. The interaction between two of the soldiers...an idealistic newcomer and a psychotic who goes on one-man patrols slitting enemy throats under cover of night...and the orphan boy who comes between them is examined. The Cease-Fire brings the three to a final resolution. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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It happened on a raging battlefield, but he could have been a murderer stalking a city's streets! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hinter feindlichen Linien See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

T-D Enterprises See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Features the film debuts of Robert Redford, Tom Skerritt, and Sydney Pollack. See more »

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[first lines]
Pvt. Roy Loomis: Once you get out of training, you're funneled into what's called the pipeline, and you become a number while you're traveling in it, until you get spewed out somewhere at the other end. After you land, you look for signs of war. A bullet scar in a wall, a bombed out building. You don't have to look very hard. You see a lot of poverty, kids starving. When you get out of the trucks after the ship and the train, you know the pipeline is carrying you further toward the front. You're ...
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Psychosis and Cease-Fire
19 January 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Korea, in May 1953, the rookie G.I. Roy Loomis (Robert Redford) joins the Jaguars in the front. He befriends the soldiers and discovers that the psychotic Private Raymond Endore (John Saxon) sneaks out of the base every night to slice the throats of their enemies with his dagger. Further, the Korean orphan Charlie (Tommy Matsuda) idolizes Endore. When the governments sign the cease-fire, Endore once again leaves the base bringing the boy with him.

The dramatic "War Hunt" is a film with a wonderful cinematography in black and white, excellent acting but the story is only reasonable. The characters are not well-developed specially the psychotic Raymond Endore that is a rich character but the motives for his death wish and his affection for Charlie are poorly explained along the screenplay. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Obsessão de Matar" ("Obsession of Killing")


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