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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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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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Trivia

This movie's title is taken from the first opening line lyric of the Marine's Hymn, the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps. In turn, the phrase "Halls of Montezuma" in that hymn is taken from the September 1847 Mexican-American War's Battle of Chapultepec when American Marines attacked the Chapultepec Castle (Spanish: Castillo de Chapultepec) west of Mexico City and later occupied that city. The Chapultepec Castle is also known as the Halls of Montezuma. The castle was depicted in the movie Vera Cruz (1954) and was an actual filming location in the film Romeo + Juliet (1996). 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. Zelenko: Now listen to me! You new men! Step up here! Don't let Slattery give ya a snow job and get ya into trouble. He's got no more sense that a... sittin' hen in a hurricane. That's why he's been a private longer'n any man in the Marine Corps. And he'll *die* a private. Don't have a thing to do with him! 'Cept when things get tough. Stick to him like plaster. Best fightin' man I know. But before and after, he's a no good money burnin', gin drinkin', horse head!
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Referenced in Canadian Bacon (1995) See more »

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Long, Long Ago
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Haynes Bayley
Played during the landing craft scene
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Realistic combat movie which does not glorify war.
12 May 2003 | by (Monroe, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

At age 10, in 1960, I watched the "Halls of Montezuma" movie on television. In 1968, I found myself in the U.S. Marine Corps serving as a machine-gunner in the infantry. Sometimes, movies have a way of becoming true reality; and, because the movie gave me a little insight and understanding of the brutality of war, in some way, I owe a debt of gratitude to the movie.


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