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The Steel Helmet (1951)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 2 February 1951 (USA)
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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Release Date:

2 February 1951 (USA)  »

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$103,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gene Evans, who plays Sgt. Zack, created an extension of the same character in Samuel Fuller's subsequent Korean War film, Fixed Bayonets! (1951), albeit under the name Sgt. Rock. See more »


The stock archival footage showing the positions of the Communist troops that are being shelled alternate between flat farmland and mountainous country. See more »


Sergeant Zack: Dead man's nothin' but a corpse. No one cares what he is now.
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Instead of the traditional "The End", the closing title reads, "There is no end to this story". 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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