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

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Director:
Writers:
Harry Brown (screenplay) &
James Edward Grant (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 March 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Fightin' . . Laughin' . . Lovin' ! See more »
Plot:
A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
The first film I remember See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Sgt. John M. Stryker

John Agar ... Pfc. Peter Conway
Adele Mara ... Allison Bromley

Forrest Tucker ... Pfc. Al Thomas
Wally Cassell ... Pfc. Benny Regazzi

James Brown ... 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

Richard Jaeckel ... Pfc. Frank Flynn
William Murphy ... Pfc. Eddie Flynn (as Bill Murphy)
George Tyne ... Pfc. Harris
Hal Baylor ... Pvt. 'Sky' Choynski (as Hal Fieberling)
John McGuire ... Capt. Joyce

Martin Milner ... Pvt. Mike McHugh
Leonard Gumley ... Pvt. Sid Stein
William Self ... Pvt. L.D. Fowler Jr.
David M. Shoup ... Himself (as Col. D. M. Shoup U.S.M.C.)
H.P. Crowe ... Himself (as Lt. Col. H. P. Crowe U.S.M.C.)
Harold G. Schrier ... Himself (as Capt. Harold G. Schrier U.S.M.C.)
Rene A. Gagnon ... Himself (as Pfc. Rene A. Gagnon)
Ira H. Hayes ... Himself (as Pfc. Ira H. Hayes)
John H. Bradley ... Himself (as PM3/c John H. Bradley)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Conrad Binyon ... Marine (uncredited)

David Clarke ... Wounded Marine (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ... Marine (uncredited)
Bruce Edwards ... Marine (uncredited)
Dorothy Ford ... Tall Girl (uncredited)
Carole Gallagher ... USO Woman (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Officer (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Colonel in Staff Car (uncredited)
Gil Herman ... Lt. Baker (uncredited)
William Hudson ... Marine (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Forrestal (uncredited)
Dickie Jones ... Scared Marine (uncredited)
Billy Lechner ... Marine (uncredited)
Mickey McCardle ... Marine (uncredited)
Roger McGee ... Sailor (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Bartender (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Waiter in Bar (uncredited)
Judy Sochor ... USO Woman (uncredited)
Glen Vernon ... Marine (uncredited)
Steve Wayne ... Marine (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Grenade Instructor (uncredited)
Ted White ... Marine (uncredited)
John Whitney ... Lt. Thompson (uncredited)
Joy Windsor ... USO Woman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Allan Dwan 
 
Writing credits
Harry Brown (screenplay) &
James Edward Grant (screenplay)

Harry Brown (story)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
Reggie Lanning (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard L. Van Enger 
 
Art Direction by
James W. Sullivan  (as James Sullivan)
 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (set decorations)
Otto Siegel (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Vern Murdock .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lee Lukather .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Barragar .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
T.A. Carman .... sound
Howard Wilson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
Jack Caffee .... special effects (uncredited)
The United States Marine Corps .... demolition effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Fred Graham .... stunt double (uncredited)
Don Nagel .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald Biddle Keyes .... still photographer (uncredited)
Herbert Kirkpatrick .... camera operator (uncredited)
Nels Mathias .... grip (uncredited)
Sid Swaney .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Palmer .... costume supervisor
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ernest Gold .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Victor Young .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David O. Selznick .... John Agar by arrangement with
Ernest I. Thomas Jr. .... historical note (as Sgt. Ernest I. Thomas Jr. U.S.M.C.)
Herbert J. Yates .... presenter
Sid Davis .... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
Leonard Friebourg .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Jack Lewis .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Holland M. Smith .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Robert Walker .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • United States Marine Corps  to, whose exploits and valor have left a lasting impression on the world and in the hearts of their countrymen. appreciation is gratefully acknowledged for their assistance and participation which made this picture possible (as the United States Marine Corps)
  • Consolidated Film Industries (CFI)  optical effects
  • Republic Pictures  VHS package design (uncredited)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
100 min | Germany:97 min | USA:109 min (TCM print)
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Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1996) (2002) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #14111) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
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 thereSee more »
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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
The first film I remember, 19 February 2006
Author: David Walker (sadsack-dw) from United Kingdom

I first saw this film at the age of 5 and it has been my favourite ever since. This led to my following of the greatest actor of all time JOHN WAYNE. The film follows Sgt John M Stryker, taking a platoon of mostly raw recruits and training them to be mean, tough, and ready for anything Marines, by any way possible, loathed by the squad but by the end of the picture admired by them as they realise what and why he is the way he is.

The film mixes battle scenes with actual footage from the landings and allows for character development instead of just a bunch of guy's grouped together. Wayne deserved his Oscar nomination for his role but you cant leave out the supporting cast. John Agar in possibly his best role and Forrest Tucker as his old adversary also Cassell/Brown and Webb proving equally up to the rolls and a young Richard Jaeckel all playing there parts with zest.

When you look at the events it was based on, the Island hopping of hard bitter fighting the slaughter of both sides on Iwo Jima its self 4,000+ U.S. casualties and 21,000 Japanise you can see why this film is compulsory viewing for all new Marine recruits.

I also believe that this film would have been a masterpiece had it been made without the restrictions of the time compared with the films of today like "Saving Private Ryan".

Whatever your own thoughts are on the film when you next watch it just remember those who fought there and REMAIN there................

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