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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 »
NewsDesk:
(20 articles)
User Reviews:
A Great Classic triumphs over age and minor flaws. See more (65 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)

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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Runtime:
100 min | Germany:97 min | USA:109 min (TCM print)
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Language:
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:
The battle of Iwo Jima involved the USMC, the US Navy (for transport and gun fire, as well as corpsman), the Army, and the Army-Aircorps, and the USCG, all branches were involved in the battle.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Sgt. Stryker:Life is tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid.See more »
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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A Great Classic triumphs over age and minor flaws., 18 August 2003
Author: Cleon from United States

Yes, today some of it seems campy and jingoistic, but Sands of Iwo Jima, is such a classic that it can't help being a worthy way to spend 100 minutes.

First of all, there is John Wayne as Sergeant Stryker. Stryker was the model on which virtually every screen portrayal of a tough sergeant is based. The character's angst and intensity also give us a rare glimpse of John Wayne's true acting ability. In most movies he just portrayed himself, but there is no swagger in Stryker, just loneliness, fear, and hope. He is by far the most convincing character in this movie, and one of the top from any war movie, period.

Next: the history. Ok, the actual characters have no basis in fact, but the battles certainly do. The battles for Tarawa and Iwo Jima were very important to the war and tragically costly in lives. They deserve to be remembered. The production mixed a lot of actual footage taken at the actual battles and mixed it in with the regular film. The two look fairly similar since both are black and white, but you can tell what is real and what was shot for the movie. One's first reaction to this might be that the production went cheapskate, but, in a way, the use of real stock battle footage was more moving than an epic legion of extras like in The Longest Day. You just can't beat reality for realism, and seeing the real islands and the real marines is an eerie reminder of how many men died in those horrific battles.

Finally: the supporting cast. Ok, I can't rave about them all, but most were entertaining, especially Wally Cassell. Also, Forrest Tucker puts in a fine performance, the only one remotely close to Wayne's in its depth.

Some of the anachronisms are a bit funny, but my only real complaint in the whole movie was John Agar's character Peter Conway. I don't know who was at fault for it, Agar or the writers, but his character is hard to take. I think we are meant to like him, but for about the first 90 minutes that is pretty much impossible.

Otherwise, it's a great movie. See it!

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