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Pork Chop Hill (1959)

1953. Negotiators are at work in Panmunjom trying to bring the Korean War to a negotiated end. 70 miles away, Lt. Joe Clemons (Gregory Peck) is ordered to launch an attack and retake Pork Chop Hill – an exposed US outpost that projects into Chinese lines.

It’s tough on the soldiers who know that the negotiations are underway, and nobody wants to die when they think it will all soon be over. The hill is of no particular strategic military value but all part of showing resolve during the negotiations.

Clemons commands King Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, with two platoons of Love Company mounting a supporting attack on the right flank.

Subjected to withering artillery, mortar, and automatic weapons fire, both units take extremely heavy casualties. Love Company’s advance is stymied, but King Company ultimately manages to capture most of the bunkers and trenches on the hill’s summit.

Of the 197 men who began the assault on Pork Chop Hill, only 35 men from King Company and 12 men from the two platoons of Love Company make it up the hill unscathed. After further casualties Lt. Clemons has only 25 men left to hold the hill against impending Chinese counterattacks.

Under the impression that the battle has been won, battalion headquarters orders some of the men withdrawn when in fact they are in dire need of reinforcements and supplies. As the Chinese prepare to counterattack and broadcast propaganda over loudspeakers, the men prepare for what may be their last battle.

Several future stars of television are scattered throughout the fine cast including George Peppard, Harry Guardino, Gavin McLeod, Robert Blake, and Norman Fell.

Lt. Joe Clemons
Gregory Peck
Lt. Suki Ohashi
George Shibata
Pvt. Forstman
Harry Guardino
Lt. Walter Russel
Rip Torn
Cpl. Chuck Fedderson
George Peppard
American Admiral at Peace Conference
Carl Benton Reid
Cpl. Jurgens
James Edwards
Col. Kern
Bob Steele
Pvt. Franklin
Woody Strode
Sgt. Coleman
Norman Fell
Pvt. Velie
Robert Blake
Cpl. Payne
Cliff Ketchum
Pvt. Boven
Biff Elliot
Lt. Harrold
Charles Aidman
Lieutenant, Division Public Relations
Lew Gallo

Lewis Milestone