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Picks and Pans Review: Inchon

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Those IRS and congressional investigators who are worried about the wealth of Korean evangelist Rev. Sun Myung Moon should encourage him to make more movies. The Rev. Moon and his Unification Church enterprises were the primary financiers of this $48-million bomb, and their investment seems likely to blow higher than the Korean War epic’s special effects. Named for the site of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s 1950 amphibious landing that outflanked the invading North Koreans, Inchon is vapid and disjointed. There are some convincing battles, and director Terence (Thunderball) Young’s crowd scenes utilize enough extras to make Cecil B. DeMille look like a hermit. But Sir Laurence Olivier as MacArthur appears physically gaunt and poorly made up. There is a silly attempt, too, a la Doctor Zhivago, to portray the upheavals of history through the smaller fortunes of lovers, a remarkably chic refugee, Jacqueline Bisset, and a manfully squinting Marine, Ben Gazzara One wonders only when the hand of Rev. Moon, who is credited as “Special Advisor,” will appear. It does, in a mawkish final shot based on a real incident, when MacArthur gazes toward heaven and recites to an assembled multitude the Lord’s Prayer. (PG)