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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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Release Date:
2 February 1951 (USA) See more »
It's the REAL Korean Story! See more »
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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Steel Helmet is a story about GI's. A human interest piece worthy of the name. See more (35 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

In an early scene, Cpl. Thompson identifies himself as a WWII veteran of the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division. That unit is the same one in which director Samuel Fuller served.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Sgt. Tanaka:First we'll eat; then we'll bury them.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Last Picture Show (1971)See more »


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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Steel Helmet is a story about GI's. A human interest piece worthy of the name., 22 April 2005
Author: Anthony O'Neill ( from Bronx, New York

"Steel Helmet" is a movie I saw when I was eleven years old. It attracted me the same way that "A Walk in the Sun" (I rate as 10 out of 10)(WWII) and "Fixed Bayonets" (I rate as 9 out of 10)(Korea) also attracted me. It's a story about a small number of men (more than 2 and less than 20) interacting with one another.

The general plot and "shoot 'em ups" are the same for all of these "type" war movies (and, thank God, there were no girls to gum up the works with the icky kissing, hugging and crying stuff-ya gotta remember how old I was then), but the central theme, in my opinion, is the story of how each man reacts to "meeting the elephant". the story also tells how all of characters interact with each other. You can see and hear the grab ass, bitching', whining, moaning, cussing, poking fun and joking that GIs do; no matter which "war" (hot or cold) that soldier, Marine, Sailor or Airman is engaged. The story also show American Soldier's big heart for the defenseless, especially the children.

I also found out what a "short round" was and why. See the picture for yourself and find out.

This picture tells that story, eloquently and beautifully. It told me where I wanted to be when I got older and had to be in the service, and it told me what I wanted to be doing when I got there.

I did not see many "War Movie" stories that I liked as well as these three until I was much older when I saw three more great movies, which I also rate a 9 out of 10 ("The Big Red One", "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers") and a TV Movie (The Lost Battalion).

If I'm too talkative here guys, sorry. Just wanted to link up my goodies for you and the reader.

Tony O'

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