Halls of Montezuma (1950)

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A company of Marines races against the clock to find a Japanese rocket base.


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Complete credited cast:
Lt. Anderson
Pigeon Lane (as Walter {Jack} Palance)
Sgt. Johnson
Richard Hylton ...
Lt. Col. Gilfillan
Skip Homeier ...
Pretty Boy
Don Hicks ...
Lt. Butterfield
Correspondent Dickerman
Sgt. Zelenko
Philip Ahn ...


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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Okinawa  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


After Anderson sees Pretty Boy was shot dead, he stands up and shoulders his rifle under his arm, but the next camera shot shows his rifle behind his arm. See more »


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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Referenced in MASH (1970) See more »


aka "My Country 'tis of Thee"
Music from "God Save the King"
Played when Dickerman reads to the troops
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A more realistic war movie
9 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Many war movies just following WWII were of the John Wayne tough guy type. However, Halls of Montezuma, is refreshing in that it looks in depth at the psychology of the soldier. Really at how men change when laying there lives on the line. The cinematography was also well done when you consider this movie was made half a century ago. You won't see the blood and guts as in a Saving Private Ryan, but the movie may make you think twice before signing up for active duty.

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