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Inchon (1981)

During the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur masterminds the amphibious invasion of Inchon in September 1950.


Terence Young


Robin Moore (screenplay), Laird Koenig (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Jacqueline Bisset ... Barbara Hallsworth
Ben Gazzara ... Maj. Frank Hallsworth
Toshirô Mifune ... Saito-San (as Toshiro Mifune)
Richard Roundtree ... Sgt. Augustus Henderson
David Janssen ... David Feld
Won Namkung ... Park (as Nam Goong Won)
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Turkish Brigadier
Rex Reed ... Longfellow
Sabine Sun ... Marguerite
Dorothy James Dorothy James ... Jean MacArthur
Karen Kahn ... Lim
Lydia Lei ... Mila
James T. Callahan ... Gen. Almond (as James Callahan)
Rion Morgan Rion Morgan ... Pipe journalist


During the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur masterminds the amphibious invasion of Inchon in September 1950.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


LOVE. DESTINY. HEROES. War Changes Everything.


Drama | History | War



Did You Know?


David Janssen accepted the part in this movie in order to work with Sir Laurence Olivier. See more »


The Hangang Bridge was actually demolished at night, around 2.30 am. The North Koreans did not reach the river until 11 am. See more »


President Harry S. Truman: General, the United Nations have authorized me to let you know you are to be appointed Supreme Commander of the United Nations forces during the coming police action.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur: It's a great honor, sir, and I hope to prove worthy the only way I know how.
President Harry S. Truman: How's that, General?
Gen. Douglas MacArthur: [MacArthur rolls his eyes] By defeating the enemy, of course.
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Crazy Credits

Firm Grip "Fingers" DePalma See more »

Alternate Versions

When the film was first released for a special one-night-only premiere in Washington D.C. in May 1981, running at 140 minutes, it was almost booed off the screen which resulted in its nationwide release being canceled. A heavily edited version was released nationwide in August 1982 running at 105 minutes in which many scenes involving talky subplots were deleted, including all of David Janssen's scenes. See more »


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A disaster long hidden from view
25 February 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

For the most part no one has watched this film in the twenty plus years since it was released to theaters. Considering that almost no one saw it when it was released I think the producers certainly know what they are doing.

While the film, which tells of the turning point in the Korean War, isn't good, or even fair, its not the worst war film ever made.Granted its close, but its not in the top ten or even top 25.

As bad as it is it should be watched by anyone in film school as examples of what not to do for money. First and foremost is Olivier's performance as Mac Arthur which IS simply so bad that that every award he ever received should have had to have been given back. Its one of the screens worst moments, and a warning of what happens when wax figures are left too long in the sun. Olivier's make up makes him look like the left over at fire sale in a wax museum.

The film is indifferently directed while the writing is bad TV soap opera. Its cleared no one cared about this film other than its producer who threw scads of money but to no avail.

An example of how and why not to make a movie.

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English | Korean

Release Date:

17 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inchon See more »

Filming Locations:

Cinecitta, Rome, Italy See more »


Box Office


$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,326,112, 19 September 1982

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2.35 : 1
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