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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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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
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Although director Samuel Fuller is well-known for using the character name "Lemchek" in many of his films, he actually uses the character name "Griff" more often.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1 min) Sgt. Zack shoots a door in the temple but no holes appear in the door. In a subsequent scene he does the same thing to another door but this time there are holes in the door,See more »
Lt. Driscoll:Well, Sergeant, I told you it was a waste of time.
Sgt. Zack:If I was right all the time I'd be an officer, Lieutenant.
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Great early view of Korean War, 11 July 2005
Author: from United States

One of the earliest films to deal with the Korean War, Steel Helmet has good action (on a limited budget, which shows in the largest battle scene), well-drawn characters, and visits more than one contemporaneous issue, including racism and manipulation of that issue by the Soviets and their satellites during the Cold War.

I saw the film originally in its year of release and was riveted to the screen. For me, the best element of the film is Gene Evans' portrayal of Sgt. Zack, a hard boiled, but not cast-iron career soldier. I've not seen anything of Gene's to rival this portrayal.

Viewed as a document both for, and yet a little ahead of its time, Steel Helmet is a great lower budget contribution to the film literature of the Korean War.

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