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The Steel Helmet (1951)

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A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War.



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Gene Evans ...
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Harold Fong ...
Neyle Morrow ...
Lynn Stalmaster ...


During the Korean War, strong but worn and cantankerous Sergeant Zack is aided by a young, orphaned Korean boy. Together they encounter and join a small group of American soldiers. The group stumbles upon a Buddhist temple where they decide to hold up, believing it to be empty... Written by Karl Engel <>

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It's the REAL Korean Story! See more »


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Release Date:

2 February 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

38ste breedtegraad  »

Box Office


$103,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Director's trademark (Samuel Fuller): [Lemchek]: A recurring character name in Fuller's films. See more »


During the sniper fight in the forest, Sgt. Zack dislodges a piece of fake shrubbery, revealing the wood planks that anchor the shrubbery. See more »


Sergeant Zack: Look, Lieutenant, you got nuthin' out threre but rice paddies crawlin' with Commies just waitin' to slap you between two big hunks of rye bread and wash you down with fish eggs and vodka.
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Instead of the traditional "The End", the closing title reads, "There is no end to this story". See more »


Referenced in The Last Picture Show (1971) See more »

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Strong effort
12 November 1998 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This movie feels a little dated but still powerful. Very evolved for a war movie of its time. Characters seem very real: the movie avoids stereotypes typical to war pictures. I thought the supporting characters were the strongest part of the movie. Manages to operate almost entirely independently of plot, focussing on character and situation instead. The very first scene is particularly arresting, and the abrupt beginning and partial ending are very effective at making the film feel real.

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