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Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

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

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Pfc. Al Thomas
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Pfc. Benny Regazzi
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Pfc. Charlie Bass
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Pfc. 'Handsome' Dan Shipley
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Cpl. Robert Dunne / Narrator
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Mary
James Holden ...
Pfc. Soames
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Pfc. George Hellenpolis
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Pfc. Frank Flynn
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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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Alone and outnumbered, they had one thing in their favor... the American dream. See more »

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Action | Drama | War | Romance

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1 March 1950 (USA)  »

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Du warst unser Kamerad  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Following the success of the movie, John Wayne was invited to place his footprints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theater. As part of the event, actual black sand from Iwo Jima was flown to Hollywood and mixed into the cement in which The Duke left his footprints and "fist print". See more »

Goofs

Two errors are visible when Stryker is attacked by the Japanese soldier: Stryker's positioning and arm movement is not consistent, and the Japanese soldier is hit by the handle of the entrenching tool before Conway throws it. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Stryker: You gotta learn right and you gotta learn fast. And any man that doesn't want to cooperate, I'll make him wish he had never been born.
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Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the opening cast credits there states: And The three living survivors of the historic flag raising on Mount Suribachi Rene A. Gagnon (as Pfc Rene A. Gagnon), Ira H. Hayes (as Pfc Ira H. Hayes) and John H. Bradley (as PM3/c John H. Bradley). See more »

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Three of the original flag raisers appear in this film.
6 February 2004 | by (Keyport, WA) – See all my reviews

I have seen this John Wayne classic war film many times, but only recently learned that three surviving original flag raisers (at the time the film was made) had cameo roles in it. Towards the end of the movie, after the beachhead and Mount Suribachi are secured, Sgt. Stryker calls for a squad to raise a flag. Watching from behind Stryker, we see three young men squat down in front of him. Stryker hands them an American flag and directs them to climb to the top of Mt. Suribachi and raise it. The three men playing the roles as themselves are: PFC Rene A. Gagnon, USMC; PFC Ira H. Hayes, USMC; and, PH3 John H. Bradley, USN -- three of the five original famous flag raisers captured on film in the famous scene atop Mt. Suribachi, and forever etched in stone in the Iwo Jima Memorial at Arlington, Virginia. The other two flag raisers were shot and killed later on the island.


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