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The Steel Helmet (1951)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  2 February 1951 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Gene Evans ...
Robert Hutton ...
Pvt. Bronte
Steve Brodie ...
Lt. Driscoll
James Edwards ...
Cpl. Thompson
Richard Loo ...
Sgt. Tanaka
...
Joe
Richard Monahan ...
Pvt. Baldy
William Chun ...
Short Round
Harold Fong ...
The Red
Neyle Morrow ...
First GI
Lynn Stalmaster ...
Second Lieutenant
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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 <cassiel@ix.netcom.com>

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2 February 1951 (USA)  »

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$103,000 (estimated)
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The budget was reported to be only $100,000. See more »

Goofs

Short Round sings the South Korean National Anthem to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne" while Pvt. Bronte plays on his organ. However, the music to South Korea's national anthem was changed from Auld Lang Syne to the Finale of Korea Fantasiaat at a ceremony celebrating the founding of South Korea on August 15th, 1948, exactly three years after liberation from Japanese rule, and three years before The Steel Helmet was made. See more »

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Sergeant Zack: What's that paper on your back for?
Short Round: Prayer to Buddha asking him to heal me if I am wounded.
Sergeant Zack: Oh, yeah? I thought you forgot to take off the pricetag.
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Hoovers F.B.I. launched an investigation into this one.
26 March 2003 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Screw-ball film making by one of the bravest directors around. As A result of touching upon the racial issues of the day Hoovers F.B.I. launched an investigation in order to find out if the film had been financed by the communists. Sam Fuller, brave enough to walk into the line of fire with a hand held 16mm camera and awarded whatever medal it was for pulling wounded soldier after wounded soldier to safety during WW 2 accused of anti-americanism by the dawgs of the day. Remember Alf from Green Acres? He's in this film. Plays Joe the guy who won't talk to anyone yet when no one else is around he whispers happily into the ear of a gear carrying donkey. Screw-ball film making at it's best. One scene has "Buddah Head" Tanaka feeding "Baldy"(lost his hair through yellow fever) a line about massaging earth into the scalp to stimulate growth. This is a classic!


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