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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 »
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(21 articles)
Blu-ray, DVD Release: Sands of Iwo Jima
 (From Disc Dish. 15 October 2014, 11:49 AM, PDT)

The Definitive War Movies: 30-21
 (From SoundOnSight. 18 June 2014, 6:54 AM, PDT)

Universal UK DVDs To Raise Funds For The Royal British Legion
 (From The Hollywood News. 14 May 2014, 9:15 AM, PDT)

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Exploiting A Symbol 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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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)

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Trivia:
This movie utilized actual original black-and-white newsreel footage. This material is edited into this movie's combat scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Two errors are visible when Stryker is attacked by the Jap: Stryker's positioning and arm movement is not consistent, and the Jap is hit by the handle of the entrenching tool before Conway throws it.See more »
Quotes:
[During live fire training a Marine recruit accidently lets a grenade slip out of his hand and it rolls toward an unsuspecting platoon waiting their turn]
Sgt. Stryker:Grenade. Hit the deck.
[the platoon runs, except for Conway, who is reading a love letter and has to be tackled to safety by Stryker when the grenade goes off]
Sgt. Stryker:You idiot. When are you gonna wake up? You wanna see that dame again, keep your mind on your work.
Al Thomas:You may not know this, boy, but you just got your life saved.
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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Exploiting A Symbol, 9 November 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although Clint Eastwood's recent Flags of Our Fathers has told the real story about the flag raising at Iwo Jima, it hasn't diminished any of the impact that Sands of Iwo Jima has, either back when it was released or viewed today.

In fact because the three surviving flag raisers, Joseph Bradley, Rene Gagnon, and Ira Hayes all were in this film it's even more proof of how the symbolic flag raising has become mythologized.

Of course the real heroism was in capturing the island that was less than a 1000 miles from the main islands of Japan and the airfields on Iwo Jima that could be used by our bombers for land based flights. It took about a month to do that, the flag was raised on the fifth day.

I read a history of the United States Marine Corps from it's formation during the American Revolution. Over the course of its history it was interesting to learn that the Marines many times were threatened with extinction, to be folded into either the army or navy right up to and including World War I.

Right after World War I a very farsighted man named John A. Lejeune became the Marine Corps Commandant and he saw that we would be in a war in the Pacific with the Japanese as our foes. He also saw that the survival of the Marines as an entity involved them training for a very specialized kind of mission, amphibious warfare. He started training them for that and come World War II they were certainly ready.

John Wayne as Sergeant Striker got one of his most memorable parts of his career in Sands of Iwo Jima. Striker is a tough as nails Marine Corps lifer whose got a job to whip a lot of recruits into shape for the later Pacific landings after Guadalcanal. He's also got one lousy personal life as his wife's left him and taken their son.

Wayne got his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in this part. There's a couple of other films he should have gotten a nomination for, but that's another story. Among his competition in 1949 was Kirk Douglas for Champion, Richard Todd for The Hasty Heart, and Gregory Peck for Twelve O'Clock High. Note three of the nominees were for World War II related films. But the winner that year was Broderick Crawford for All the King's Men. At least Peck and Wayne both got Oscars later in their careers.

John Agar who was trying to carve out a reputation as being more than Mr. Shirley Temple back then plays the son of a former commander of Wayne's who has a problem with his Dad and takes it out on Wayne attitude wise as a surrogate father. Julie Bishop and Adele Mara play women drawn to both Wayne and Agar respectively.

Of the supporting cast who play members of Wayne's platoon, my favorite is Wally Cassell, the wisecracking city kid who finds a tank to help his platoon out during a sticky situation.

Flags of Our Fathers teaches us about how the flag raising symbolism became part of the Marine Corps heritage. Sands of Iwo Jima exploits that symbol in the best sense of the word. After almost sixty years, it's still a fine film with a grand performance by the Duke.

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