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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:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Simple, Scathing and Extremely Realistic See more (33 total) »

Cast

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Gene Evans ... Sgt. Zack
Robert Hutton ... Pvt. Bronte
Steve Brodie ... Lt. Driscoll
James Edwards ... Cpl. Thompson
Richard Loo ... Sgt. Tanaka

Sid Melton ... Joe
Richard Monahan ... Pvt. Baldy
William Chun ... Short Round
Harold Fong ... The Red
Neyle Morrow ... First GI
Lynn Stalmaster ... Second Lieutenant

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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Runtime:
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 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 »
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:
Sergeant Zack:[screaming at critically wounded Korean major as he grabs him from the collar] If you die, I'll kill yuh!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006)See more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Simple, Scathing and Extremely Realistic, 4 June 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the Korean War, the prisoner of war Sergeant Zack (Gene Evans) and only survivor of his company is released by the South-Korean boy Short Round (William Chun). The walk together trying to reach the American lines, and they stumble with other survivors, forming a ragtag platoon.

When they reach a Buddhist temple, they learn that it is abandoned and they camp there, transforming it in an observation outpost. When they realize that they are under siege of the communist army, they have to battle to survive.

"The Steel Helmet" is a simple, scathing and extremely realistic film by Samuel Fuller. The behavior of the soldiers and the battle scenes battle scenes are extremely realistic. But the stronger part is the sharp critic to the racism in America, through the dialog of the North Korean POW and the Afro-American soldier first and the Asian descendant soldier later. As an effect of the McCarthyism, Samuel Fuller had problems with the FBI because of these scenes. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Capacete de Aço" ("Steel Helmet")

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