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The Steel Helmet -- Marking Samuel Fuller's official arrival as a mighty cinematic force, this portrait of Korean War soldiers dealing with moral and racial identity crises remains one of the director's most gripping, realistic depictions of the blood and guts of war.

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Director:
Writer:
Samuel Fuller (written by)
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Release Date:
2 February 1951 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It's the REAL Korean Story! See more »
Plot:
A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
The quintessential Fuller See more (34 total) »

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Directed by
Samuel Fuller 
 
Writing credits
Samuel Fuller (written by)

Produced by
William Berke .... associate producer
Samuel Fuller .... producer
Robert L. Lippert .... executive producer (as Robert Lippert)
Murray Lerner .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Miller 
 
Film Editing by
Philip Cahn 
 
Art Direction by
Theobold Holsopple 
 
Set Decoration by
Clarence Steensen  (as Clarence Steenson)
 
Costume Design by
Alfred Berke 
 
Makeup Department
George Bruce .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Francis Murphy .... assistant director (as John F. Murphy)
 
Sound Department
William H. Lynch .... sound (as William Lynch)
 
Special Effects by
Ben Southland .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Mercer .... optical effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Noble Craig .... grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Robert L. Lippert Jr. .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Paul Dunlap .... musical director
 
Other crew
Stanley Price .... dialogue coach
 

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85 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Sgt. Tanaka:First we'll eat; then we'll bury them.See more »
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Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006)See more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The quintessential Fuller, 23 February 2002
Author: frankfob from California

Tough, gritty war story of a ragtag American patrol in Korea that finds itself trapped in a Buddhist temple by a much larger Chinese force. Sam Fuller made this for cheapjack Lippert Pictures for little more than $100,000--the Chinese "tank" that attacks them was actually constructed out of plywood--but the low budget doesn't detract from it at all. From the opening sequence where Gene Evans' tough sergeant finds himself the only survivor of a POW massacre by Chinese troops, to the climactic battle in the Buddhist temple, the film is chock full of Fuller's bizarre little touches and great storytelling. Evans is first-rate, and there's a terrific performance by the great Richard Loo--the stereotypical oily Japanese villain (although he was actually Korean) in countless Hollywood World War II movies--as a laconic, war-weary Japanese-American soldier, the only veteran that Evans has in the patchwork patrol he puts together that he knows he can count on. Don't miss this one.

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