Michael Wilmington's review of "The Hanoi Hilton" does total injustice to Lionel Chetwynd's accurate and descriptive portrayal of POW life in North Vietnam (" 'Hanoi': Cardboard Heroes, Villains," March 27).
I spent 7 1/2 years a POW and visited the movie set several times during filming. I never ceased to be amazed at the realistic detail throughout the production. Chipped porcelain dishes, bland food, exact clothing, buckets for toilets, weathered buildings, everything exactly like it was, brought back painful memories.
It has to be extremely difficult to condense seven or eight years of POW Life into a two-hour movie, but Chetwynd did capture the emotions, tribulations and experiences of life as it was.
For critic Wilmington to compare our experience to "Hogan's Heroes" is a cruel insult, not only to those who endured the experience but also to our fellow POWs who died while imprisoned.