They weren't there to win Hearts and Minds and this film clearly shows that.
In the only scene involving native 'friendly' Koreans British soldiers treated them with suspicion and disrespect.And who could blame them in a civil war where you couldn't tell friend from foe.
The film itself has a catalogue of marvellous British actors who often performed their 'squaddie' roles in countless films and on TV.
Most prominent are Michael Caine,Stephen Boyd and Stanley Baker in very minor roles.Sadly perhaps the richest talent,Baker,died far too early to realise his full potential as a mature actor.
There is much interesting dialogue between the actors as well as a good dose of action throughout the film.The fear and hoplessnes of the soldiers situation is cleverly shown by every actor and by the director.The film reminded me of Men In War [DVD
],a film also set in Korea and about soldiers cut off and facing insurmountable odds,a plot similar to this film.
Picture quality on my copy(an old VHS tape) was not great but hopefully the DVD is better.Recommended.