Pork Chop Hill (1959), directed by Lewis Milestone, is a Korean War war film based upon the eponymous book by military historian Brig. Gen. S. L. A. Marshall and eyewitness, depicting the bitterly fierce first Battle of Pork Chop Hill between the U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Division, and Chinese and Korean Communist forces at the tail end of the Korean War, in April 1953. The film features Gregory Peck, Woody Strode, and actors who became movie stars in the 1960s and the 1970s, e.g. George Peppard, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, Robert Blake, Norman Fell, Martin Landau, and Gavin MacLeod, with Harry Dean Stanton in an uncredited minor role. This film was Milestone's final war film, and it received good reviews. Peck, although not credited, directed a few segments, despite protests then by Milestone himself. The picture was filmed partially on location in California's San Fernando Valley. Pork Chop Hill marked the feature film debut of actor Martin Landau.
In April 1953, during the Korean War, a company of American infantry, led by Lieutenant Joe Clemons (Gregory Peck) are to recapture Pork Chop Hill from a larger Communist Chinese army force; they recapture the hill, but are depleted, only