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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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cpl. Robert Dunne / Narrator
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George Tyne ...
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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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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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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This film recreates the famous raising of the flag on Iwo Jima scene, taken on Feb. 23, 1945, by photographer Joe Rosenthal. The three surviving flag raisers make a cameo appearance during this scene . Rene A. Gagnon, Ira H. Hayes and John H. Bradley are seen with John Wayne as he instructs them to hoist the flag (Wayne gives the folded flag to Gagnon). The flag used to recreate the incident is the actual flag that was raised on Mount Suribachi. It was loaned to the movie by the US Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia. Other films that would later depict the flag-raising on Iwo Jima include The Outsider (1961) and Flags of Our Fathers (2006). See more »

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When the Marines are moving up the mountain along a path, a Japanese soldier pops out of hiding and appears to shoot one of the Marines in the stomach at point blank range. One can see that the enemy soldier actor shot just beyond the Marine actor because a puff of smoke from the gun barrel emits out past the Marine actor's back. This was probably a safety requirement in the making of the movie, since blanks fired out of a weapon can seriously injure or kill. See more »

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Officer giving the preinvasion briefing: Now, nobody knows exactly what they've got on this island, but they've had forty years to put it there
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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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Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (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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