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Sergeant Ryker

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Director  Buzz Kulik
Music director  John Williams
Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, War
Language  English
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Release date  February 1, 1968 (1968-02-01)
Writer  Seeleg Lester (screenplay), William D. Gordon (screenplay), Seeleg Lester (story)
Screenplay  Seeleg Lester, William D. Gordon
Cast  Lee Marvin (Sgt Paul Ryker), Vera Miles (Ann Ryker), Bradford Dillman (Capt David Young), Peter Graves (Maj Whitaker), Lloyd Nolan (Gen Amos Bailey)
Similar movies  Lee Marvin appears in Sergeant Ryker and The Rack, Time Limit (1957), The Glory Brigade (1953), War Hunt (1962), The Steel Helmet (1951)

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Sergeant Ryker is a 1968 drama–war film directed by Buzz Kulik and starring Lee Marvin and Bradford Dillman. The film was originally broadcast on television as "The Case Against Paul Ryker", a 1963 two-part episode of Kraft Suspense Theatre. It was released as a feature film in 1968 to capitalise on Marvin's popularity from The Dirty Dozen. Its second run paired it as a double feature with Counterpoint.


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Sgt. Ryker (Lee Marvin) is an American soldier charged with treason during the Korean War, he is court-martialled and prosecuted by Capt. David Young (Bradford Dillman), and convicted and sentenced to death.

His wife, Ann (Vera Miles), insists that Ryker received an inadequate defense. She believes her husband's story that he had been on a secret mission, assigned to it by a superior officer who has since died and can no longer vouch for him.

Capt. Young is not only persuaded to get General Bailey's approval for a new trial, he volunteers to defend Ryker this time. A grateful Ryker ends up furious when he discovers a romantic attachment is developing between his wife and the captain.

The new prosecutor, Maj. Whitaker, unearths new evidence damning to the defendant's case. At the last minute, though, Young produces a sergeant named Winkler who verifies aspects of Ryker's story, which, when followed up on by Young, is enough to set Ryker free.


  • Lee Marvin as Sgt. Paul Ryker
  • Bradford Dillman as Capt. David Young
  • Vera Miles as Ann Ryker
  • Peter Graves as Maj. Whitaker
  • Lloyd Nolan as Gen. Amos Bailey
  • Murray Hamilton as Capt. Appleton
  • Norman Fell as Sgt. Max Winkler
  • References

    Sergeant Ryker Wikipedia
    Sergeant Ryker IMDb Sergeant Ryker

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