Friday, January 31, 2014

Flick Pick: The Hanoi Hilton

The Hanoi Hilton
(Cannon, 1987)

Cheery tale about the tender loving care and treatment delivered by the North Vietnamese to those that fell into their hands, including their special bamboo yoga chiropractic program, and their diligent efforts to reeducate poor misguided pilot officers and a few others who managed to survive initial capture. For those who can't get to military SERE school, and always wondered what to expect during the Resistance phase, this should cover that briefing. The characters are all fictional ones, the treatment, if anything, sugar coated compared to the reality. For those still carrying a torch for the brave communist people's forces in the peace-loving democratic republic of (then North) Vietnam, this should be your intro.
Independent film, because Hollywood had neither the courage nor the honesty to confront the truth about the side they supported from '65-forever, and the DVD release in 2008 was held up by Warner Brothers' current crop of Cong apologists until our current turd was safely ensconced in the White House. Life imitates art yet again.

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