Not Rated | | Drama, War
In the final days of the Korean War, an enemy airman is captured by three American soldiers who cannot bring themselves to follow the order to execute their prisoner.
The name of the ship in the movie is the Ahti, a cargo ship of Finnish registry.
Sgt. P.J. Briscoe:
See enough there to change your mind? Dennison, I'm talking to you.
Pvt. V.R. Hackett: Why don't you get off his back?
Sgt. P.J. Briscoe: Well, so now you're on his side?
Pvt. V.R. Hackett: I'm not on anybody's side. Look, Briscoe, guys like us it don't bother to do a thing like this, but other guys...
Pvt. O.A. Dennison: ...
The enemy aircraft that strafes the truck and later the ship is a North American B-25, an American light bomber, not Communist.
[prologue] This is a story of men in war, not men at war. And the two are not the same. Hence, this film is dedicated not to any army, navy, air or other military force, but to those who are the lowest common denominator of all military forces...and the highest...the individual man. For in the brief and quiet intervals between the loud and terrible noises of war, he is capable of great and revealing moments of nobility. This story is about such a moment in the lives of three men and although it could have happened in any time or any war, we have chosen Korea...1953...
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