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1951 (Chile) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Widmark ... Lt. Anderson

Jack Palance ... Pigeon Lane (as Walter {Jack} Palance)

Reginald Gardiner ... Sgt. Johnson

Robert Wagner ... Coffman

Karl Malden ... Doc

Richard Hylton ... Conroy

Richard Boone ... Lt. Col. Gilfillan

Skip Homeier ... Pretty Boy
Don Hicks ... Lt. Butterfield

Jack Webb ... Correspondent Dickerman

Bert Freed ... Slattery

Neville Brand ... Sgt. Zelenko

Martin Milner ... Whitney

Philip Ahn ... Nomura
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Allan ... Pvt. Stewart (uncredited)

Edward Binns ... First Soldier in Final Tracking Shot (uncredited)
Robert Board ... Marine (uncredited)
Robert Bohannon ... Soldier (uncredited)
Michael Capanna ... Marine (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Bosun's Mate (uncredited)
Shirley Christensen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Howard Chuman ... Capt. Ishio Makino (uncredited)
John Close ... Marine (uncredited)
Fred Coby ... Capt. McCreavy (uncredited)
Pat Combs ... Marine (uncredited)

George Conrad ... Corpsman (uncredited)
Fred Dale ... Pharmacist's Mate (uncredited)
Chris Drake ... Frank (uncredited)

Jerry Fujikawa ... Japanese Soldier (uncredited)

Don Gordon ... Marine (uncredited)
Helene Hatch ... Aunt Emma (uncredited)
William Hawes ... Pascowicz (uncredited)
Buster Hobbs ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank Iwanaga ... Japanese Soldier (uncredited)
Frank Kumagai ... Romeo (uncredited)
Charles Lee ... Japanese Soldier (uncredited)
Jack Lee ... Courier (uncredited)
Paul Lees ... Capt. Seaman (uncredited)
Bob MacLean ... Marine Guard (uncredited)
Benito Marcus ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Juan Marcus ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marion Marshall ... Nurse (uncredited)
Harris Matsushige ... Japanese Soldier (uncredited)
Roger McGee ... Davis (uncredited)
John McKee ... Marine (uncredited)
Harry McKim ... Radioman (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Fukado (uncredited)
Ralph Nagai ... Willie (uncredited)
Al Negbo ... Marine (uncredited)

George Offerman Jr. ... Marine (uncredited)
Trueman Oshima ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mrs. Po ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mrs. Poo Sai ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Mike Road ... Ship's Captain (uncredited)
Ishizo Sano ... Japanese Soldier (uncredited)
Fred Shellac ... Marine (uncredited)
Marcus Silva ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Buster Slaven ... Marine (uncredited)
Clarke Stevens ... Recruit (uncredited)

Joe Turkel ... Marine (uncredited)
William Yokota ... Old Japanese Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Milestone 
Writing credits
Michael Blankfort (written by)

Produced by
Robert Bassler .... producer
Original Music by
Sol Kaplan 
Cinematography by
Winton C. Hoch (director of photography)
Harry Jackson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
Art Direction by
Albert Hogsett 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Bruce MacDonald (set decorations) (as Bruce Macdonald)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Willard Buell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Sid Bowen .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Watt .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Hank Gerson .... grip (uncredited)
Fred Hall .... gaffer (uncredited)
Lou Kunkel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Emmett Schoenbaum .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Leonard Doss .... Technicolor color consultant
George A. Gilliland .... technical adviser (as George A. Gilliland Major U.S. Marine Corps)
Serge Bertensson .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Eiji E. Tanabe .... japanese dialogue coach: Reginald Gardiner (uncredited)
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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  • United States Marine Corps  to, this story is dedicated in gratitude for its help in making it possible-- (as the United States Marine Corps)

Additional Details

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113 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1995) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #14626) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

'The Hollywood Reporter' announced on 11 January 1951 that during the San Francisco premiere of this movie, a full company of new US Marines would be sworn-in at a special military ceremony at the film's launch.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While speaking to his superiors on his walkie-talkie, Lt Anderson twice closes his conversation with "Over and out." This is incorrect. He should have said either "Over" (if he was turning the conversation over to the other speaker), or "Out" (if he was ending the talk). Interestingly, Anderson uses the correct term "Out" later in the film.See more »
Sgt. Randolph Johnson:[giving tobacco to a Japanese prisoner who's begging for some] Always treat a human being like a human being. You'll be surprised what happens.See more »
Semper FidelisSee more »


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Stunning cinematography!, 11 March 2000
Author: 349thHWC from Walnut Creek, CA

My husband and I were particularly impressed by the camera technique used to transition from foxhole (or ship deck) to a scene in an earlier part of each soldier's life. We were so taken by Milestone's excellent direction and the film's incredible cinematography that the first time we saw it we just had to rewind and watch it over from the very beginning.

Our only regret was that we did not watch the wide screen version.

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