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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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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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$103,000 (estimated)
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One scene in the picture shows an American officer killing an unarmed prisoner, and another has a Japanese-American soldier talking about how his parents were separated and sent to different "relocation" camps during World War II because they were Japanese. These two incidents, coming at the height of the McCarthy-led "Red hysteria" that was sweeping the country at the time, led to calls for writer/director Samuel Fuller to be arrested for treason and for writing anti-American/pro-Communist "propaganda" for giving "the Reds" ammunition to attack the US, and he later learned that he was in fact investigated by the FBI because of that film. See more »

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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 »

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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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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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