The Forgotten (1989)

Genres - Action, Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - POW Drama  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The Forgotten deserves at least a small niche in TV history as the first-ever TV movie made especially for the USA cable network. Based on a story by Vietnam veteran Paul Staples, the film concerns six American Green Berets, held for 17 years in a Vietnamese POW camp. They are finally released in secret, during a delicate trade-talk session between Vietnam and the United States. Keith Carradine, the ex-prisoners' CO, begins to suspect that government-man Stacy Keach, who is in charge of the debriefing, may be pursuing a hidden agenda that will result in the early deaths of Carradine and the five men under his command. Stacy's brother James Keach directed Forgotten and also co-wrote the script with another of his stars, Steve Railsback. First aired April 26, 1989, The Forgotten set the "viewer discretion" standard for all future USA TV movies with its grim flashback sequences depicting the torture methods of the NVA.



disillusionment, assassination, atrocity, business, cat-and-mouse, conspiracy, deprogrammer, Green-Beret, homecoming, political-intrigue, POW (Prisoner of War), POW/MIA, torture