Inchon (1981)

Inchon (1981)

Directed by: Terence Young

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Jacqueline Bisset, Ben Gazzara

And here’s the last of my box office bomb challenge. It’s interesting, all of these movies failed because they had gigantic, overblown budgets and made almost nothing in theaters, but the reason Inchon didn’t make any money is much more interesting. It’s because the film was funded and significantly influenced by the Unification Church, which is apparently a cult known for brainwashing people and stealing their money, so protesters picketed the film. Why didn’t that happen with Battlefield Earth? That movie was way worse.

Inchon is a fictionalized story of the Battle of Inchon during the Korean War, and General Douglas MacArthur’s part in it. Basically, he was a genius who knew the time was right to defeat the North Koreans (it was a pivotal battle of the war) because God had told him so, and he knew he was in the right. The whole thing comes down to a lighthouse being light at the last possible moment, signalling the attack.

The biggest problem with this movie is that it’s just a long, boring war movie. Apart from Sir Laurence Olivier, who obviously doesn’t give a fuck about his performance, there’s nothing to separate this from any other dumb, long, boring war movie. But maybe that’s just me. I demand my war movies to be at least as good as Kelly’s Heroes, as a rule.

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