After watching the powerful and moving film "The Hanoi Hilton" and then reading The Post's two very negative reviews the following day {June 19}, I must say I was disappointed by The Post's failure to grasp the point of what is more of an educational, rather than an entertaining film. The film depicts the excruciating torture endured by American POWs in Vietnam and their courageous efforts to defeat the manipulation that was aimed at them by their communist captors. Its compelling point that American journalists, activists and Hollywood stars were grossly used and misinformed about such terror does not sit too well with today's liberal journalists and reviewers.

"The Hanoi Hilton" that I saw was the accurate portrayal of the communist North Vietnamese as brutal tyrants whose totalitarianism still affronts humanity in Southeast Asia today. "The Hanoi Hilton" that Post reviewer Rita Kempley saw was a "preachy, speechy right-wing Vietnam saga" -- although she never denies the torture that was imposed upon our American servicemen.

"The Hanoi Hilton" that I saw showed the heroic, courageous and witty characteristics that our American POWs did in fact embody while under captivity. But "The Hanoi Hilton" that Kempley saw depicted our POWs as "characters heroic beyond all imagination. . . . "

"The Hanoi Hilton" that I saw tamely portrayed Jane Fonda as most American veterans know her for: an American traitor whose naivete' contributed to the misery that many of these men and other men later suffered. There wasn't any scene of Fonda, for example, sitting behind a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun pretending to aim at American planes saying, "I wish I had one of those murderers in my sight." Nonetheless, the film's mild depiction of Fonda hurt the sensibilities of your reviewers. "The Hanoi Hilton" that Post reviewers saw was an "anti-Jane Fonda POW drama."

After the film, I was honored to meet one of the American POWs who was portrayed in the movie as one of those who endured such torture. His name is Fred Cherry. He is, to say the least, jubilant that Americans might finally appreciate his sacrifice. Unfortunately, your journalists didn't solicit his reaction, and thus missed the point of this important film. -- Les Csorba III The writer is executive director of Accuracy in Academia, Inc.

I was in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967 flying with many of those who became POWs, and I have talked to several of them upon their return. What is in "The Hanoi Hilton" is true. The North Vietnamese are barbaric, Jane Fonda and Ramsey Clark conducted themselves in a treasonous way, and our (I use the word "our" because I am proud of these men) POWs were heroes.

If "remaining spiritually faithful to God" and the concepts of duty, honor, country make one right-wing, then count me as right-wing. To Rita Kempley, please undertake a study of the war's history. -- Stuart W. Bowen