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Fixed Bayonets! (1951)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | December 1951 (USA)
The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.

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The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.

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Apparently, one of this film's working titles, "Old Soldiers Never Die", was inspired by a 1951 speech made by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. The title is derived from the line "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away" from "The Barracks Ballad". MacArthur made the speech just prior to his retirement at a Joint Session of the US Congress. See more »

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The movie takes place in Korea during the winter, with freezing temperatures, but the soldiers' breath is never exposed to the cold air, confirming that the film's entire outside shooting was studio bound. See more »

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Cpl. Denno: Some men are afraid of high places. Some are afraid of water. And some are afraid of being responsible for the death of a lot of other guys.
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Indiana
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Music by James F. Hanley
Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald
Sung by a chorus when the troops are first pulling out
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Wish they could all be like this
14 November 2005 | by (Costilla, NM) – See all my reviews

Another Sam Fuller nitty gritty, down-to-earth where the rubber meets the road movie. There is nothing extra in this movie. Every word every action is meaningful. I wish more directors today would study Sam Fuller. It seems that only Quentin Tarantino ever heard of Sam.

The premise of this film is a little unlikely- Korea early in the war and one infantry platoon is assigned to hold off three Chinese and North Korean Divisions while the rest of the U.S. Division regroups. While it is more likely that a larger US force would have had such an assignment the small number of men comprising a single platoon makes for some real character development. There are some great characters here. Fuller wrote some real life into them. I believe Fuller was a combat vet from WWII so he knows what he writes- the fear, the rage, the fear again. There are lots of nice little bits here- the frozen foot while holding up in a cave. No one is sure whose foot it is that is being revived as all their feet are frozen. I had to throw another log in the woodstove after that scene.

If you are interested in war movies without flag waving and corny dialog this movie is for you.


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