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Eight Iron Men (1952)

During WW2 in Italy, Sergeant Joe Mooney is leading his small squad on the front-lines but is ordered to avoid rescuing a soldier trapped in no man's land.

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Cast overview:
Bonar Colleano ...
Pvt. Collucci
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Carter
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Sgt. Joe Mooney
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Pvt. Coke
Nick Dennis ...
Pvt. Sapiros
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Pvt. Ferguson
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Pvt. Muller (as Dick Moore)
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Pvt. Small
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Captain Trelawny
Robert Nichols ...
Walsh
Richard Grayson ...
Lieutenant Crane
Douglas Henderson ...
Hunter
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Girl
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Stanley Kramer's WW-II character study has Lee Marvin as the Sergeant of a small squad laid over during fighting in Italy. During the otherwise boring time between battles, tensions arise as they are ordered not to rescue a squad mate pinned down by the enemy, for fear of risking more lives. Based on the stage play "A Sound of Hunting", by Harry Brown. Written by CineTiger

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They've got a single dream ... and she's terrific !

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December 1952 (USA)  »

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8 farliga män  »

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Trivia

While the sound of jets flying over might be regarded as a goof, in the last months of the war in Europe the Germans were flying the ME- 262 jet fighter.

While this was true, the ME-262 never flew in Italy, only over the German Fatherland. See more »

Goofs

When Lee Marvin calls Pvt. Collucci to be look out using binoculars. If you listen you will hear Jets fly over during WWII. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Collucci: Did I ever tell you about the dame I met in Georgia?
Pvt. Ferguson: Yeah, yeah you told us.
Pvt. Collucci: Well, I got a couple more I can tell you about.
Pvt. Ferguson: Tell us about the bald headed one from Newark.
Pvt. Collucci: Go on, needle me, needle me; how'd I know she came from Newark?
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Referenced in The Hateful Eight (2015) See more »

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Great War Movie From A Flop Play
21 September 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Can't recall when I've seen a better war picture. I've seen lots of them with more action, as this is mainly a talking picture, but this one features extraordinarily good acting performances from the entire cast. Especially good was Bonar Colleano, who is the central figure in the story. He is the Wise-Guy-From-The-Bronx, a character movie directors and writers liked to insert into their work, and Colleano makes the most of his star turn.

As with all movies reviewed on the website, the plot has been restated by all contributors, but just let me say it seems mainly like a filmed stage play. But the film is not static and the action moves at a brisk pace, if you can imagine this in a movie with basically one set. We get to learn about each platoon member as characters are fleshed out to a remarkable degree, so that we understand what motivates each one.

Noteworthy, apart from Colleano is Lee Marvin, here honing his tough guy credentials, and Nick Dennis with much more of a part than he normally was used to. I thought Barney Phillips, a good actor himself, was miscast as the Captain. He was just too old for the part - if you have been in the service you would spot it right away. Ol' reliable TCM aired this one the other day, and it is very worth watching.


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