Prisoner of War (film)

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Prisoner of War
Prisoner of War-1954-Poster.jpg
1954 Theatrical Poster
Directed by Andrew Marton
Produced by Henry Berman
Written by Allen Rivkin
Music by Jeff Alexander (Uncredited)
Cinematography Robert Planck
Edited by James Newcom
Distributed by Loews, Inc.
Release date
  • May 4, 1954 (1954-05-04)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $569,000[1]
Box office $1,077,000[1]

Prisoner of War is a 1954 American wardrama film directed by Andrew Marton and starring Ronald Reagan, Steve Forrest, Dewey Martin and Oskar Homolka.[2][3]


An American officer volunteers to be captured in order to investigate claims of abuse against American POWs in North Korean camps during the Korean War.


Production notes[edit]

The working titles of this film were The P.O.W. Story and The Prisoner of War Story. Production Dates: 12 Dec 1953–2 Jan 1954

Capt. Robert H. Wise, who lost 90 lbs in a North Korean POW camp, served as the film's technical advisor and said that the torture scenes in the movie were based on actual incidents.

Release of the film created a minor controversy. The U.S. Army had assisted production and made edits in the script, but approval was abruptly reversed on the eve of release. The depiction of mistreatment of prisoners complicated the courts martial of POW collaborators that were proceeding at the time.[4]


According to MGM records the film made $785,000 in the US and Canada and $292,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $111,000.[1]

Historical accuracy[edit]

Author Robert J. Lentz of the book Korean War Filmography: 91 English Language Features through 2000 states that the film was "undeniably overstated".[3]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ "Prisoner of War". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Lentz 2003, p. 284.
  4. ^ Young 2017, pp. 163–66.


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