Inchon (오, 인천 Oh, Inchon), or Inchon!, is a 1982 Korean War drama and religious propaganda movie (produced by Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon) starring Laurence Olivier as General Douglas MacArthur and directed by James Bond director Terence Young.
The film is called one of the WORST, if not the ABSOLUTE WORST war movie ever made, winning the 1982 Razzie Awards for Worst Picture, Worst Director (Young), Worst Actor (Olivier), and Worst Screenplay (Robin Moore and Laird Koenig). It also bombed at the box office, making only $5.2 million out of a $46 million budget.
It is also known for having a history of troubled production (as detailed here) and for not receiving any home video release, and it only airs on religious TV networks once in a blue moon.
The film depicts the historical Battle of Inchon, which took place in September 1950, and is seen from the viewpoint of MacArthur. The film also featured a subplot involving Barbara and Frank Hallsworth, an American couple living in South Korea.
Why It Sucks
- The film begins with a long and boring lecture about why the Korean War happened, and quickly informs the viewer that this film isn't a documentary.
- Poorly done battle scenes that look like they‘re made for TV instead of the big silver screen.
- Full of historical inaccuracies, including the usage of anachronistic tanks.
- In addition to the historical inaccuracies, both United Nations and South Korean troops are clearly seen wearing 1980's-style military uniforms despite the film being set in 1950.
- Extremely terrible special effects which includes but not limited to Olivier‘s bug-eyed latex makeup and cardboard airplanes that make Eiji Tsuburaya‘s miniatures look like the works of Douglas Trumbull.
- Wasted talents. Aside from Olivier, other big name actors who worked on the movie included Ben Gazzara, Toshiro Mifune, Jacqueline Bisset, and Richard Roundtree. Olivier admitted to phoning in his acting because he wanted "money, dear boy".
- The aforementioned subplot feels shoehorned and pointless.
- The film's depiction of General Douglas MacArthur is inaccurate. While it is true that in real life, he was a great military commander but the film never shows the fact that MacArthur himself had a big ego who often clashed with politicians and other members of the military over his ideas and glorified war.
- Being a propaganda movie, it is full of unsubtle religious and anti-Communist messages, in accordance with the Unification Church‘s doctrines that the "final battle" between good and evil is the Cold War itself. The movie even ends with MacArthur reciting The Lord‘s Prayer/Our Father.