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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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Awards:
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User Reviews:
Strong effort 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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Although it looks like there are quite a bit more, there were actually only 25 extras in this picture, playing both American and North Korean soldiers, and all of them were students from UCLA (the battle scenes were shot in Griffith Park).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:
[while the squad searches Korean civilians]
Pvt. Bronte:They all look alike to me.
Sgt. Zack:Don't you know how to tell the difference, Fat Paul?
Pvt. Bronte:No.
Sgt. Zack:He's South Korean when he's running with you. He's North Korean when he's running AFTER you.
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Referenced in Buccaneer Soul (1993)See more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Strong effort, 12 November 1998
Author: David Austin from NYC

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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