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Fixed Bayonets! (1951)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  December 1951 (USA)
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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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Cpl. Denno
Gene Evans ...
Sgt. Rock
Michael O'Shea ...
Sgt. Lonergan
Richard Hylton ...
Medic John Wheeler
Craig Hill ...
Lt. Gibbs
Skip Homeier ...
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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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Baionetas Caladas  »

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The production had difficulties in casting extras for the opening retreat sequence. A production assistant located some dancers in a musical and they were able to be fitted out in costumes for the opener. Director Samuel Fuller had them feign battle weariness by stacking their military packs and uniforms with weights. See more »

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When the U.S. soldiers are trapped in the cave, enemy soldiers begin to fire into the entrance. One shoots several times before any sounds of rifle shots are heard. See more »

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Indiana
(uncredited)
Music by James F. Hanley
Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald
Sung by a chorus when the troops are first pulling out
Played occasionally in the score
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Interesting contrast with WWII movies
31 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Made while Korea was still an active conflict, this movie is interesting in its disregard for ideology. Most war movies made during a conflict (and especially those made during and about WWII, which had just ended six years before) make a point of talking about what they're fighting for.

This movie isn't interested in that. It's a soldier picture, conflict between enemies and between friends. It's easy to relate to the cross-section of guys; some are goof-offs, some are noble, some are incompetent. The enemy is cunning and relentless and the weather seems to be trying to kill you all on its own.

Good movie. Movies about the Korean War are interesting because they're so rarely about ideology. They're just about what war really is - ordinary people engaged in a killing contest.


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