Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

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A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pfc. Al Thomas
Wally Cassell ...
Pfc. Benny Regazzi
Pfc. Charlie Bass
Richard Webb ...
Pfc. 'Handsome' Dan Shipley
Arthur Franz ...
Cpl. Robert Dunne / Narrator
Julie Bishop ...
James Holden ...
Pfc. Soames
Pfc. George Hellenpolis
Pfc. Frank Flynn
William Murphy ...
Pfc. Eddie Flynn (as Bill Murphy)
George Tyne ...
Pfc. Harris
Hal Baylor ...
Pvt. 'Sky' Choynski (as Hal Fieberling)


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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Release Date:

1 March 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Du warst unser Kamerad  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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| (TCM print)

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(RCA Sound System)


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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to the book "New Zealand Film" by Helen Martin and Sam Edwards, "During the early sections of the film, the R&R camp at Paekakariki in the lower half of the North Island [of New Zealand] was the setting for the meeting and bonding sequences prior to departing for battle. The same camp is the focus of the reminiscences of one of the women who contributed to Gaylene Preston's documentary 'War Stories' [See: War Stories (1995)]. See more »


Mary's hands change position when Stryker buys her the drink. See more »


Pfc. Al Thomas: That's war.
Pfc. Charlie Bass: What's war?
Pfc. Al Thomas: Trading real estate for men.
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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 »


Referenced in Small Soldiers (1998) See more »

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Life Imitates Art
2 May 2004 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

I don't know about currently, but some years ago this film was being shown at the Marine Corps Basic School where second lieutenants are hatched. It's an unexcelled example of military life imitating art: a symbiotic relationship between the Corps' timeless self image and, by extension, that image reinforcing the reality of the Corps itself.

SOIJ is still one of the better WW II combat films, even 55 years after its release. The one factual glitch is the impossibility of a Tarawa unit (2nd Marine Division) being ashore on Iwo (3rd, 4th, and 5th Divisions.) Otherwise, I don't think I've never known a marine who had serious reservations about it.

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