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The Steel Helmet (1951)

Approved  |   |  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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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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It's the REAL Korean Story! See more »

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2 February 1951 (USA)  »

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$103,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Filmed in 10 days only six months into the war, "The Steel Helmet" became the first Korean War movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

First GI: I found a dead American.
Cpl. Thompson: Are you sure he's dead? You gotta be sure, you know.
First GI: Half his head is gone.
Cpl. Thompson: I better check.
Sergeant Zack: He said his head was gone. Save your strength.
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and introducing Gene Evans as Zack 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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