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Halls of Montezuma (1951)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1951 (Chile)
A company of Marines races against the clock to find a Japanese rocket base.

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Lt. Anderson
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Pigeon Lane (as Walter {Jack} Palance)
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Sgt. Johnson
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Coffman
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Doc
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Conroy
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Lt. Col. Gilfillan
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Pretty Boy
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Lt. Butterfield
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Correspondent Dickerman
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Slattery
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Sgt. Zelenko
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Whitney
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Nomura
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Storyline

The Marines attack a strongly held enemy island in the Pacific. We follow them from the beach to a Japanese rocket site through enemy infested jungle as their ex-school teacher leader is transformed into a battle veteran and his squad becomes a tight fighting unit. Written by Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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rocket | island | beach | battle | jungle | See All (88) »

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Action with the Battling Leathernecks! See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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1951 (Chile)  »

Also Known As:

Okinawa  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Script treatments written by Sy Bartlett, Harry Kleiner and Major George A. Gilliland USMC held in the Twentieth Century-Fox Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts Special Collections Library were not apparently used for this movie though Gilliand did stay on as a credited technical consultant to this movie's production. See more »

Goofs

During the battle at the cave, one of the "dead" Japanese soldiers at the cave entrance can be seen jumping up and going back into the cave. This appears to be the same soldier who is ultimately taken prisoner and interrogated. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Randolph Johnson: Wasn't there a comment by your General Sherman about war?
Lt. Butterfield: Yeah, he said, "War is Hell." What did he know, that eight-ball never left the States.
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Connections

Referenced in Canadian Bacon (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

America
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aka "My Country 'tis of Thee"
Music from "God Save the King"
Played when Dickerman reads to the troops
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An excellent and underrated war film
21 February 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I first saw "Halls of Montezuma" on television when I was a kid, and even now, I think it is one of the best war films ever made. All of the actors were perfectly cast and each man gives an outstanding performance. Richard Widmark is particularly good in his role as Lt. Anderson, a tough Marine who is respected by his men, but who also has to suppress his own fear with pills. My favorite scene in the film is where the men are in their foxholes at night, listening to the taunts of the Japanese soldiers. Their faces are briefly illuminated by parachute flares floating in the sky as they talk to each other, waiting for the enemy to do something. It's one of the most realistic scenes I have ever seen in a war film. I think this was one of the first post-WWII films that actually portrayed Japanese soldiers as real human beings, not just simple-minded brutes. You can see some similarities with the combat scenes of "All Quiet on the Western Front", which Lewis Milestone directed 20 years earlier. Anyone who is interested in WWII films should also check out "A Walk in the Sun", another excellent war film directed by Milestone. Simply put, "Halls of Montezuma" is an excellent war film that is underrated by most critics. It should not be missed.


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