A drama focusing on the suffering, torture, and brutal treatment the American P.O.W.s had to deal with daily while in North Vietnam’s Hoa Lo Prison, the most infamous P.O.W. camp in Hanoi. The film focuses on the resistance the prisoners gave to their captors and the strong bonds formed by the Americans during their captivity.
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, but a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment VHS release gained a cult following, especially among veterans.
The Hanoi Hilton (1987)
Directed by: Lionel Chetwynd
Starring: Michael Moriarty, Jeffrey Jones, Paul Le Mat, Stephen Davies, Lawrence Pressman, Aki Aleong, Gloria Carlin, John Diehl, Rick Fitts, David Soul
Screenplay by: Lionel Chetwynd
Production Design by: R. Clifford Searcy
Cinematography by: Mark Irwin
Film Editing by: Penelope Shaw
Costume Design by: Richard La Motte
Set Decoration by: Ian Cramer
Art Direction by: Carol Bosselman
Music by: Jimmy Webb
Distributed by: Cannon Films
Release Date: March 27, 1987