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Name That Trauma:: George H. on Two Escaped Prisoners

September 24th, 2018 by unkle lancifer · 3 Comments

Hi Kindertrauma. I’m going crazy trying to remember a movie I saw in the NYC area on local tv in the late 70s. The movie itself is in color and made in the 70s as well. All I can remember is the end. Two possible escaped prisoners in a foreign land (one wounded) slowly make their way down a wooded/jungle road evading recapture from their captors. The movie cuts to friends/family en route to the rendezvous as well. Anyway, a military helicopter lands, soldiers get out and exchange fire with the military captors, but have to leave. The firepower is too much. The movie ends on the beaten faces of the prisoners helplessly watching as their escape flies away, on a freeze frame no less. This is the LAST movie in my mind I’m trying to track down. ANY help is appreciated.

Thanks, George H.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 EegahIncNo Gravatar // Sep 25, 2018 at 8:40 am

    The foreign land part doesn’t apply, but that ending sure sounds a whole lot like the climax of Southern Comfort.

  • 2 CharlieFreakNo Gravatar // Sep 26, 2018 at 1:06 am

    I thought maybe Figures in a Landscape, with Malcolm McDowell and Robert Shaw, but the connections are a bit shaky.

  • 3 GrokensteinNo Gravatar // Oct 5, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Sorry to pop in so late, but I hope this might be HIGH VELOCITY (1976), starring Ben Gazzara, Victoria Racimo (of PROPHECY), Paul Winfield, Keenan Wynn and Britt Ekland. Like INCHON (1980), it has a released-to-CD Jerry Goldsmith score, but may never see a modern release due to rights issues. HIGH VELOCITY was last seen on VHS.

    I don’t know for sure if this is the one, but I’ve always wanted to see it and the description fits: “An American business executive is kidnapped by a revolutionary guerrilla group in an unnamed Asian* nation. Unwilling to meet the terrorist’s demands or trust that nation’s security forces, the victim’s employer and his wife hire two American expatriate Vietnam veterans to rescue him.”

    *Some online descriptions say ‘African nation’ instead. The film’s “nihilistic” ending is frequently cited, but I can’t find a spoiler.

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