Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Buzz Kulik|
|Produced by||Frank Telford|
|Written by||William D. Gordon
|Music by||John Williams|
|Edited by||Robert B. Warwick Jr.|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$1,000,000 (US/ Canada)|
Sergeant Ryker is a 1968 drama–war film directed by Buzz Kulik and starring Lee Marvin and Bradford Dillman. The film was originally broadcast on television as "The Case Against Paul Ryker", a 1963 two-part episode of Kraft Suspense Theatre. 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.
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 aspects of Ryker's story, which, when followed up on by Young, is enough to set Ryker free.
- Lee Marvin as Sgt. Paul Ryker
- Bradford Dillman as Capt. David Young
- Vera Miles as Ann Ryker
- Peter Graves as Maj. Whitaker
- Lloyd Nolan as Gen. Amos Bailey
- Murray Hamilton as Capt. Appleton
- Norman Fell as Sgt. Max Winkler
- "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
- "Sergeant Ryker". FilmAffinity. filmaffinity.com. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
- "Sergeant Ryker". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved November 6, 2016.
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