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Guadalcanal Diary (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 27 October 1943 (USA)
The story of a large U.S. Marines invasion task force bound for Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942.

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Concentrating on the personal lives of those involved, a war correspondent takes us through the preparations, landing and initial campaign on Guadalcanal during WWII. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Richard Tregaskis' Guadalcanal Diary  »

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This movie was made in 1943, only one year after the Battle of Guadalcanal, which was fought between 7 August 1942 and 9 February 1943. The film premiered in the US around 27 October 1943, which was about ten months after the end of the Guadalcanal campaign. See more »

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The score of game 2 of the 1942 World Series was actually tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, not 1-1 as mentioned during the radio broadcast. To provide closure, Stan Musial singled in Enos Slaughter from third to provide the winning run. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Johnny 'Chicken' Anderson: Hey Hook?
Gunnery Sgt. Hook Malone: Yeah.
Pvt. Johnny 'Chicken' Anderson: How do you feel about killing... people?
Gunnery Sgt. Hook Malone: Well, it's kill or be killed, ain't it? Besides, those ain't people.
Pvt. Johnny 'Chicken' Anderson: Yeah, I know, but the first time you got one of 'em.
Gunnery Sgt. Hook Malone: Well, it was kinda rugged I guess, then it's just a matter of repetition. Quit thinking about it. You'll go crazy.
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The film's opening prologue in the preface of a book states: A new chapter in the history of America by a correspondent who landed on Guadalcanal with the first detachment of United States Marines. See more »

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Featured in The X-Files: Brand X (2000) See more »

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Rock of Ages
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Music by Thomas Hastings
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
Sung during the service on board the ship
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Great movie
26 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the all-time great classic movies of its genre. Unlike most Hollywood movies that use historical events as backgrounds for sappy and insipid love stories, the main "character" of this movie is the event itself. For the Battle of Guadalcanal is one of the key battles in all of history. This momentous event, which took place at the same time the Soviet Union was battling the Germans at Stalingrad, marked the end of Japanese expansion in the south Pacific and the beginning of the process that would lead to Japan's ultimate defeat. It should also be noted that the Battle for Guadalcanal was entirely an American operation, fought several thousands miles away from home and against an implacable enemy that had months, if not years, to prepare their defenses. Moreover, this battle took place just months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The acting is great, the story compelling and is all-in-all a movie that is definitely worth watching.


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