The Hanoi Hilton (film)

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The Hanoi Hilton
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lionel Chetwynd
Produced by Yoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Written by Lionel Chetwynd
Music by Jimmy Webb
Cinematography Mark Irwin
Edited by Penelope Shaw
Distributed by Cannon Film Distributors
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
125 minutes
Country United States
Language English, Vietnamese, French, Spanish

The Hanoi Hilton is a 1987 Vietnam War film which focuses on the experiences of American prisoners of war who were held in the infamous Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi during the 1960s and 1970s and the story is told from their perspectives. It was directed by Lionel Chetwynd, and stars Michael Moriarty, Ken Wright, and Paul Le Mat.

The film portrays fictional characters, not specific American POWs. It earned less than $1 million in its initial theatrical release,[1] but a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment VHS release gained a cult following, especially among veterans.[1]

A DVD release of the film had been anticipated for some time in 2008, with the package to include a new interview with former POW and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain.[1] However, the film's release was suspended by Warner Bros. due to McCain being the Republican Party nominee.[2][3] The week following the United States presidential election, 2008, the DVD went forward into release.[4]



  1. ^ a b c Michael Cieply (2008-05-29). "McCain's Quiet Cinematic Turn". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  2. ^ "unknown". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. 
  3. ^ "Poliwood Oct. 24th Oliver Stone's W". Pajamas Media. 
  4. ^ "Out Tuesday on DVD". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 

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