Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, a former actor and President of the Screen Actors Guild, viewed this movie in the White House on February 13, 1982. He wrote of the movie in his diary, "Ran 'Inchon'. It is a brutal, but gripping picture about the Korean War, and for once, we're the good guys, and the Communists are the villains. The producer was Japanese or Korean, which probably explains the preceding sentence." See more »
In the opening monologue the end of World War II is described as the end of the "war to end all wars." World War I was the "war to end all wars." See more »
[opening title card]
This is not a documentary of the war in Korea but a dramatized study of the effect of war on a group of people. Where dramatic license has been deemed necessary, the authors have taken advantage of this license to dramatize the subject.
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When the film was first released for a special one-night-only premiere in Washington D.C. in May 1981, running at 140 minutes, it was almost booed off the screen which resulted in its nationwide release being canceled. A heavily edited version was released nationwide in August 1982 running at 105 minutes in which many scenes involving talky subplots were deleted, including all of David Janssen's scenes. See more »
i just watched the 140 minute version of Inchon which i bought on DVD. while its list of shortcomings is long, it was reasonably entertaining. Olivier's performance seemed OK to me, it was believable. MacArthur was something of a prima donna and manly enough not to be shy about his belief in God. as mentioned by other reviewers here, the venom drizzled on Inchon comes in large part from people's animosity toward any mention of God in general and the Unification Church in particular. the version i saw included scenes with Rex Reed and David Janssen (who delivered the story about the death of Arthur MacArthur, not the Gazzara character). Olivier and MacArthur are both fascinating men, and Inchon in worth seeing.
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