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The Outsider (1961)

 |  Drama, War  |  December 1961 (USA)
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Tony Curtis plays an Indian (Nicknamed "Chief" by other soldiers) who fights in WWII and helps to raise the flag at Iwo Jima.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pvt. James B. Sorenson
Sgt. Kiley
Gen. Bridges
Vivian Nathan ...
Nancy Hayes
Edmund Hashim ...
Jay Morago
Paul Comi ...
Sgt. Boyle
Wayne Heffley ...
Cpl. Johnson
Ralph Moody ...
Jeffrey Silver ...
James Beck ...
Tyler (as Jim Beck)
Forrest Compton ...
Pharmacist Mate John H. Bradley
Pete Homer ...
Mr. Alvarez
Mary Patton ...


Tony Curtis plays an Indian (Nicknamed "Chief" by other soldiers) who fights in WWII and helps to raise the flag at Iwo Jima.

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His most electrifying role!


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Release Date:

December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Außenseiter  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Film debut of Lynda Day George. See more »


Technical Sergeant Boyle, the war bond tour guide, wears no ribbons or service stripes on his uniform. But since he is an older Marine who has been in the Marine Corps for a long time, he should be wearing at least a few ribbons, plus one service stripe for each four years of Marine service. See more »


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Fame Chose Him
6 May 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood in Flags Of Our Fathers has probably given us the definitive version of the story of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. Three of the six were later killed in action before the the flag raising became a Marine Corps symbol. The other three came back to all kinds of publicity because they became media heroes.

Probably you couldn't find three more ordinary guys than Jesse Bradley, Rene Gagnon, and Ira Hayes. The first two lived long lives in respectable obscurity after their 15 minutes of fame finally died down. Ira Hayes was unique in that he both survived and was a minority group member.

When Branch Rickey decided it was time to integrate baseball Jackie Robinson was chosen after a very careful selection process. Ira Hayes was part of a group photograph of a flag raising during a lull in a great battle. Fame chose him and as we see in The Outsider, he wasn't ready to deal with it.

Tony Curtis gives one of his best screen performances as Ira Hayes, the Pima Indian kid who mere chance at being in the photographer's lens when an immortal picture was snapped gave him fame he didn't want to deal with. How could he, really he was probably no better or worse than any of the other men and simply raising a flag during a lull of battle wasn't anything heroic. Hayes was acutely aware of this and felt himself unworthy to be the Jackie Robinson for the Pima Indians.

Such a sad story that Tony Curtis brings to us on the big screen. How would we deal with fame if it was suddenly thrust upon us for no discernible reason? Something Ira Hayes asked until the day he died.

Ira Hayes and Tony Curtis, himself a World War II veteran, wouldn't mind if this review was dedicated to all the men who served in the Marine Corps and fought for that volcanic island in the Pacific called Iwo Jima. Just another hero in the company of thousands of heroes, that's what Ira Hayes would have wanted.

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