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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:
Classic war film with a magnificent John Wayne as tough sergeant fighting Japanese 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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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:
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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: 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:
[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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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Classic war film with a magnificent John Wayne as tough sergeant fighting Japanese, 22 November 2007
Author: ma-cortes

This is a flag-waging and patriotic tribute to US marines .Very decent war scenes along with documentary footage that convey us the assault troops establish on the Pacific islands, but like the navy, the US army fought its way from island to island in the Pacific. Striker(Wayne) and his squad(Forrest Tucker, John Agar,James Brown,Richard Jaeckel,James Brown,Richard Webb, among others) are responsible for the capture of the Pacific islands. And, of course, the picture brings to life one of the most famous images of the Second World war- Joe Rosenthal's photograph of US marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima, on the morning of February 23, 1945 and with special appearance of the three living survivors of the historic flag raising of Mount Suribachi. John Wayne is top-notch as valiant but deranged sergeant Striker training rebellious recruits and soldiers in this believable war film . Wayne won his only Oscar nomination, before his obtaining in ¨True grit¨. Supporting cast is frankly magnificent. The motion picture is well directed by Allan Dawn.

The film is based correctly on Iwo Jima battle in a hard-fought US operation, one of the most difficult campaigns of the Pacific theater . US capture of Japanese-held island in the Bonin group , about 1450 km south of Tokyo after intense fighting Feb-March 1945. Fortified by the Japanese, it held two airfields, with a third under construction, and was a valuable strategic target for US forces as it would provide a base for land-based bombers to raid the mainland of Japan. It was assaulted by US Marines 19 Feb 1945 after a prolonged air and naval bombardment. The 22000 Japanese troops put up a fanatical resistance but the island was finally secured 16 March. US casualties came to 6891 killed and 18700 wounded, while only 212 of the Japanese garrison survived.The film is dedicated to the United States Marine Corps 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.

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