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Sergeant Ryker is a 1968 dramawar film directed by Buzz Kulik and starring Lee Marvin and Bradford Dillman.[2][3][3][4] The film was originally broadcast on television as "The Case Against Paul Ryker", a 1963 two-part episode of Kraft Suspense Theatre.[5] 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.

Sergeant Ryker
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Produced by Frank Telford
Written by William D. Gordon
Seeleg Lester
Starring Lee Marvin
Bradford Dillman
Vera Miles
Peter Graves
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Walter Strenge
Edited by Robert B. Warwick Jr.
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • February 1, 1968 (1968-02-01)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,000,000 (US/ Canada)[1]



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.


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  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
  2. ^ "Sergeant Ryker". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Sergeant Ryker". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
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