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Halls of Montezuma -- A Marine platoon leader is determined to keep alive the seven men who have survived under his command, even though they have only twenty-four hours to take out a Japanese rocket command that threatens to devastate the Allied Forces.


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Release Date:
1951 (Chile) See more »
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A company of Marines races against the clock to find a Japanese rocket base. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A more realistic war movie See more (23 total) »


  (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 (as E.Clayton Ward)
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 meaning and relevance of this movie's title Halls of Montezuma (1950) is that it represents the first line of the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps which is known as the Marine's Hymn. This song is the oldest official song in the United States military. The first few lines go like this: "From the Halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli; We fight our country's battles In the air, on land, and sea; First to fight for right and freedom And to keep our honor clean; We are proud to claim the title Of United States Marine." The second line, To the Shores of Tripoli (1942) is also an American military movie as well.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the invasion of the enemy island, several actual World War II film clips are spliced in for realism. But in these clips, the large hull numbers on two of the ships are backwards.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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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A more realistic war movie, 9 July 2000
Author: sunking

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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