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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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Adele Mara ...
Allison Bromley
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Wally Cassell ...
Pfc. Benny Regazzi
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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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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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battle | iwo jima | sergeant | combat | tarawa | See more »

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1 March 1950 (USA)  »

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Iwo Jima  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Due to the assistance of the US Marines, producer Edmund Grainger and director Allan Dwan were able to keep the production budget for this movie to around the US $1 million mark. See more »

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When Pfc. Thomas (Forrest Tucker) goes for more ammo and stops for coffee, the coffee is being brewed in a helmet over an open fire. He hands over his metal cup, and the fellow by the fire holds it in his bare hand as he fills it from the helmet. Ouch. Anyone who has been camping will see the error here. See more »

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Sergeant Stryker: SADDLE UP.
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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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Important for John Wayne fans
3 August 2002 | by (Richland, WA) – See all my reviews

John Wayne did a bunch of war movies, always playing the heroic soldier. It is ironic then that he was considered medically unfit for service in WWII. Nonetheless, "Sands of Iwo Jima" is certainly the definitive John Wayne war movie. He got his first Oscar nomination for this movie which is enough to make it important just for that (he was only nominated one other time, winning for "True Grit").

The movie plot is just straight formula and has the same collection of ethnic types that you find in every war movie ever made---the fast-talking big city guy, the farm boy, the wisecracking Italian, etc. The battle scenes had to be sanitized for audiences back then and the treatment of the Japanese as the enemy in this movie is outrageously stereotyped by today's standards. Every time the Japanese come on camera the background music turns sinister and the little Japanese actors have an appropriate villainous and fanatical look to them. The only war movie I can think of where the Japanese are humanized in any way is "Bridge on the River Kwai" while there are many movies where the German soldiers and especially General Rommel, are portrayed if not sympathetically, at least respectfully.

Catch the last scene where the three real-life survivors of the Iwo Jima flag raising are given the flag by the Duke to raise on Suribachi. One of the flag-raisers, John Bradley, was so modest about his exploits afterwards that he didn't even have a copy of the famous flag-raising photo hanging up in his home. It wasn't until after he died that his children learned that he had won the Navy Cross for his heroism in the war. The book written by his son, "Flags of Our Fathers" is being made into a movie by Steven Spielberg and is sure to be sensational. No doubt that it will be immediately compared to "Sands of Iwo Jima" which, until "Flags" comes out, is the definitive movie about that battle.


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