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Made with a competent cast of B film actors, Fixed Bayonets is the story of a platoon of 48 men of whom very few survive as they cover the retreat of an American Division in Korea. One movie legend made a brief appearance here, but if you blink you'll miss James Dean as one of the soldiers.
Richard Basehart is the lead here who's a corporal and quite worried that if the people above him don't make it the nine days they're asked to hold a strategic pass responsibility will pass to him. It maybe Basehart's best big screen role.
Another actor making his personal best in his career is Gene Evans as the sergeant ranked right above Basehart. If I was in a war situation, Evans is the kind of sergeant I'd like to be in a foxhole with.
Some of the usual war film stereotypes are here. But director Samuel Fuller, who knew a thing or two about combat, got great performances from his cast. No false heroics here, just guys stuck with a very dirty job covering a retreat after the Chinese Communists enter the Korean War.
For war film fans, an absolute must.
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