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Beachhead (1954)

Approved  |   |  War, Drama  |  5 February 1954 (USA)
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In 1943, in the wake of the Allied amphibious landing on the Japanese held Bougainville Island, four Marines are sent to scout the location of Japanese minefields.

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Frank Lovejoy ...
Sgt. Fletcher
Mary Murphy ...
Nina Bouchard
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Bouchard, French Planter
Skip Homeier ...
Reynolds
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Maj. Scott
Alan Wells ...
Biggerman
Akira Fukunaga ...
Terrified Japanese Sailor (as Sunshine Akira Fukunaga)
Dan Aoki ...
Japanese Sniper
Steamboat Mokuahi ...
Malanesian, Island native
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Storyline

On a Japanese-occupied island during World War II, only two soldiers remain alive after a mission attempt goes horribly wrong. Trapped on the island, they must escort a scientist and his daughter to the other side of the island where their ship awaits. They must battle nature, hard terrain, and advancing Japanese troops. Written by Jeremy Kirk <kirkman316@yahoo.com>

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An Action-Hungry Marine...An Untamed Captive Beauty...Tangling in the heat of the jungle ! See more »

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Release Date:

5 February 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brückenkopf X  »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The rendezvous point was filmed at Hanalei Pier located on Hanalei Bay on the northern shore of the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii. See more »

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Referenced in Killer's Kiss (1955) See more »

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BEACHHEAD (Stuart Heisler, 1954) **1/2
26 January 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Standard Hollywood war heroics, clearly minor-league despite being filmed in pleasant Technicolor; it's yet another Pacific-based actioner with a tight American unit on an 'impossible' mission before the fleet's planned all-out attack. Typically, tension is created among the men by the fact that the commanding officer (Frank Lovejoy) is 'tainted' – his leadership qualities having been taken to task over the massacre at Guadalcanal. Here, too, he causes the death of two of his underlings – leaving only himself and Tony Curtis to verify the message sent by a French missionary from a Japanese-held island. When they finally come across him, the soldiers are surprised to find he has brought a daughter (Mary Murphy) along: of course, this strains the relationship between the two fighting men all the more – though it's rather silly of middle-aged Lovejoy to think he could offer competition to the rugged, handsome Curtis! The action set-pieces are adequately handled under the circumstances (with one surprising bit involving a U.S. marine being dragged by the enemy inside their tank about to explode from his own grenade!) but, at the end of the day, the film emerges a rather undistinguished entry within this prolific genre.


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