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Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

Approved  |   |  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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Pfc. Al Thomas
Wally Cassell ...
Pfc. Benny Regazzi
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Pfc. Charlie Bass
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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Alone and outnumbered, they had one thing in their favor... the American dream. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Iwo Jima  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(archive footage)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was so highly regarded by the Marine Corps that it was required viewing to all recruits during basic training into the early '80s. See more »

Goofs

In the training montage near the beginning, troops are seen in helmet liners with M1903 rifles contrary to the camouflaged helmets and M1 rifles originally shown. Poor editing. See more »

Quotes

[During live fire training a Marine recruit accidently lets a grenade slip out of his hand and it rolls toward an unsuspecting platoon waiting their turn]
Sgt. Stryker: Grenade. Hit the deck.
[the platoon runs, except for Conway, who is reading a love letter and has to be tackled to safety by Stryker when the grenade goes off]
Sgt. Stryker: You idiot. When are you gonna wake up? You wanna see that dame again, keep your mind on your work.
Al Thomas: You may not know this, boy, but you just got your life saved.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits Historical note: The first American flag was raised on Mount Suribachi by the late Sgt. 'Ernest I. Thomas,Jr.', U.S.M.C. on the morning of February 23, 1945. See more »

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Referenced in Stick It in Your Ear (1970) See more »

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A brilliant performance by John Wayne

This is a fantastic World War II film from Hollywood's golden era. While the movie would have been amazing without him, the Duke really makes this movie stellar. His brilliant performance as Stryker won him an Academy Award nomination, one of only two during his entire career.

Whether you're a John Wayne fan, or just want to see an exciting, touching, and often humorous movie, this is a great one. I fully recommend "Sands of Iwo Jima" to everyone. This is a definite must-see! Watch and enjoy!


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