Sergeant Ryker

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Sergeant Ryker
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Written by William D. Gordon
Seeleg Lester
Starring Lee Marvin
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Walter Strenge
Edited by Robert B. Warwick Jr.
Release dates
  • February 1, 1968 (1968-02-01)
Running time 85 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,000,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

Sergeant Ryker is a film directed by Buzz Kulik. It stars Lee Marvin and Bradford Dillman.[2] The film was originally broadcast as a two-part episode The Case Against Paul Ryker of 1963's Kraft Suspense Theatre.[3] It was released as a feature film in 1968 to capitalise on Marvin's popularity from The Dirty Dozen. Its second run paired it as a double feature with Counterpoint.

Plot[edit]

Sgt. Ryker is charged with Korean War treason, court-martialed, prosecuted by Capt. David Young, convicted and sentenced to die.

His wife, Ann, insists that Ryker received an inadequate defense. She believes her husband's story that he had been on a secret mission, assigned to it by a superior officer who has since died and can no longer vouch for him.

Capt. Young is not only persuaded to get General Bailey's approval for a new trial, he volunteers to defend Ryker this time. A grateful Ryker ends up furious when he discovers a romantic attachment is developing between his wife and the captain.

The new prosecutor, Maj. Whitaker, unearths new evidence damning to the defendant's case. At the last minute, though, Young produces a sergeant named Winkler who verifies Ryker's story, setting him free.

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
  2. ^ http://allmovie.com/work/sergeant-ryker-43755
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063584/

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