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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) &
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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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User Reviews:
Important for John Wayne fans 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)
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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:
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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:
The title "Sands of Iwo Jima" was once seen by this movie's producer Edmund Grainger in a newspaper story. Alas, Grainger thought of the famous American flag raising at Mount Suribachi. He then went off and wrote a treatment with this title and an ending being the famous flag raising scene. Grainger wished the movie would be successful at the box-office as well as accurate representation of the US Marine Corps' valour on celluloid. He also wanted the movie to have an influence on the public's attitude towards the US Marines as at the time the Marines were in fight for survival and needed more financing.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Conway's hands change position while with Allison at the end of their first meeting.See more »
Quotes:
[During the night the squad is guarding a trenchline amid word that the Japanese may launch an attack. From out of the night a faint voice can be heard calling "Corpsman."]
Pfc. Benny Regazzi:[his voice hushed] Stryker!
Sgt. Stryker:[hushed] Get down! Stay down! You have your orders, don't move!
Pfc. Peter Conway:[hushed] There's somebody wounded out there. Let's go get him!
Sgt. Stryker:Stay down, it might be a Jap trick, they pulled it off plenty of times at Guadalcanal.
Pfc. Peter Conway:That doesn't sound like a Jap to me!
Sgt. Stryker:I don't care what it sounds like to you! You stick your head up, you'll tip our position.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Yum Yum Girls (1976)See more »

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Important for John Wayne fans, 3 August 2002
Author: Ajtlawyer from Richland, WA

John Wayne did a bunch of war movies, always playing the heroic soldier. It is ironic then that he was considered medically unfit for service in WWII. Nonetheless, "Sands of Iwo Jima" is certainly the definitive John Wayne war movie. He got his first Oscar nomination for this movie which is enough to make it important just for that (he was only nominated one other time, winning for "True Grit").

The movie plot is just straight formula and has the same collection of ethnic types that you find in every war movie ever made---the fast-talking big city guy, the farm boy, the wisecracking Italian, etc. The battle scenes had to be sanitized for audiences back then and the treatment of the Japanese as the enemy in this movie is outrageously stereotyped by today's standards. Every time the Japanese come on camera the background music turns sinister and the little Japanese actors have an appropriate villainous and fanatical look to them. The only war movie I can think of where the Japanese are humanized in any way is "Bridge on the River Kwai" while there are many movies where the German soldiers and especially General Rommel, are portrayed if not sympathetically, at least respectfully.

Catch the last scene where the three real-life survivors of the Iwo Jima flag raising are given the flag by the Duke to raise on Suribachi. One of the flag-raisers, John Bradley, was so modest about his exploits afterwards that he didn't even have a copy of the famous flag-raising photo hanging up in his home. It wasn't until after he died that his children learned that he had won the Navy Cross for his heroism in the war. The book written by his son, "Flags of Our Fathers" is being made into a movie by Steven Spielberg and is sure to be sensational. No doubt that it will be immediately compared to "Sands of Iwo Jima" which, until "Flags" comes out, is the definitive movie about that battle.

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