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Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

Passed  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  1 March 1950 (USA)
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A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

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Richard Webb ...
Pfc. 'Handsome' Dan Shipley
Arthur Franz ...
Cpl. Robert Dunne / Narrator
Julie Bishop ...
Mary
James Holden ...
Pfc. Soames
Peter Coe ...
Pfc. George Hellenpolis
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Pfc. Frank Flynn
William Murphy ...
Pfc. Eddie Flynn (as Bill Murphy)
George Tyne ...
Pfc. Harris
Hal Baylor ...
Pvt. 'Sky' Choynski (as Hal Fieberling)
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Storyline

After his wife takes their son and leaves him, Sgt. John Stryker is an embittered man who takes his misery out on the men under his command. They're a bunch of green recruits who have a hard time dealing with Stryker's tough drills and thicker skin. Even his old friends start to wonder if he's gone from being the epitome of a tough Marine Sergeant to a man over the edge. Written by Alfred Jingle

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1 March 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Iwo Jima  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Special effects work on this movie included lampblack and oil covered sand to look like the volcanic ash of a Pacific island as well as gun emplacements, palm trees, and pillboxes all made of plaster. See more »

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The first battle the movie's unit participates in is Tarawa. Tarawa was assaulted by the 2nd Marine Division. The same unit is then engaged in the Iwo Jima campaign. Iwo Jima was invaded by the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions. It's very unlikely that Stryker's whole squad would have been transferred to another division. Furthermore, earlier in the film Stryker refers to his involvement in the Guadalcanal assault. That was a 1st Marine Division show. Though not impossible, it's highly unlikely for a junior NCO to have served with three different divisions in the Pacific. See more »

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Pfc. Al Thomas: That's war.
Pfc. Charlie Bass: What's war?
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To the United States Marine Corps whose exploits and valor have left a lasting impression on the world and in the hearts of their countrymen. Appreciation is gratefully acknowledged for their assistance and participation which made this picture possible. See more »

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Referenced in Small Soldiers (1998) See more »

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Proud to Claim the title of, "United States Marine"
6 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a retired Marine, I can say this movie does the Corps justice! After making it through Vietnam and Desert Storm, I believe I am over qualified to render the comment that this movie does the Corps justice! It is one of the few movies out there that get you right in the gut while watching the combat footage. For those who have been there and faced the enemy realize just how accurate this film really is, after all, most of the combat footage is from actual combat footage from the camera men who were there.

In summation, if this movie is guaranteed to give you one helluva "Gut Check"!


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