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The Outsider (1961)

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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Pvt. James B. Sorenson
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Sgt. Kiley
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Gen. Bridges
Vivian Nathan ...
Nancy Hayes
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Jay Morago
Paul Comi ...
Sgt. Boyle
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Noomie
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Cpl. Johnson
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Uncle
Jeffrey Silver ...
McGruder
James Beck ...
Tyler (as Jim Beck)
Forrest Compton ...
Pharmacist Mate John H. Bradley
Pete Homer ...
Mr. Alvarez
Mary Patton ...
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During WW2, 17-year-old Ira Hamilton Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona, enlists in the Marine Corps. During boot camp at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Ira strikes up a strong and long-lasting friendship with fellow marine, Jim Sorenson. Shipped to the Pacific Theatre of Operations, the two marines fight on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima. They are among the six marines who raise the U.S. flag on Suribachi. Soon afterwards, Sorenson is killed by enemy fire in front of a stunned Ira. Later on, the surviving three marines who helped raise the flag at Iwo Jima are ordered back to the USA to participate in a war bond drive. They tour the country, surrounded by the mass-media and the adoring crowds. They participate at rallies, meetings, media-events and parades. They are asked to make public speeches to persuade the citizens to buy war bonds. However, heartbroken over his friend's death, Ira often turns to booze to give himself the courage to continue. His drinking worsens and he is sent back ... Written by nufs68

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Final film of Charles Stevens. See more »

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The C-54 transport plane that flies Ira Hayes back to the United States has post-World War II U.S. Air Force star markings, even though the time is early 1945 (several months before the Pacific war ended). See more »

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9 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best wartime movies that I have ever seen. It was very touching and very well acted. This movie is a good dramatisation of what it is really like in the military. As a military vet I know what it was like to have good friends and how to work as a team.


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