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The Steel Claw (1961)

 -  War | Drama  -  16 April 1961 (Japan)
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A Marine stationed in the Philippines loses a hand in an accident and is discharged from the Corps. When the Japanese invade the Philippines, he is called back into service to rescue a ... See full summary »

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Capt. John Larsen
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Carmen Austin ...
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Ben Perez ...
Dolph Rodriguez
John MacGloan ...
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Farmer, Lolita's Uncle
Oscar Kesse ...
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Al Wyatt Sr. ...
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A Marine stationed in the Philippines loses a hand in an accident and is discharged from the Corps. When the Japanese invade the Philippines, he is called back into service to rescue a general held by Filipino guerrillas behind Japanese lines. Attaching a steel prosthetic in place of his missing hand, he and his men set out on the mission, which turns out to be not quite what he was told it was. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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16 April 1961 (Japan)  »

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Der Mann mit der stählernen Klaue  »

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Directorial debut of George Montgomery. See more »

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Capt. John Larsen: What the hell good is a man with one hand? I can't even tie my own shoes.
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Offensive
17 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite that there was one female guerrilla in the movie who was taken seriously as a fighter, I found this shameful and offensive.

Plot: a recently disabled boozing loser American officer in the Phillipines takes a break from being rude to prostitutes to go into the jungle and ask a guerrilla leader to help him rescue a general who has been captured by the Japanese. The movie is about that journey, the dynamics between the American and the guerrillas, and his relationship with yet another prostitute who wears high heels in the jungle and follows him around like a puppy, in some weird male fantasy subplot with no connection whatsoever to the main plot or to reality (where prostitutes usually hate their johns and sometimes vomit after having to touch them).

But what really offends in this movie is the 1930's-era attitude that all these natives need is a white imperialist American telling them what do to. Forget that they are well armed, well-experienced, well-organized, and know the terrain. No, no, no, the Big Awful White Guy has to explain the simplest of tasks to them. Five minutes into the core of the movie, I wanted to climb in there, take a rifle, and frag him myself. This is exactly the reason, I thought, why everyone else in the world hates Americans, and after seeing this horrible bit of imperialist propaganda, I don't blame them. Unlike the world of reality, where this guy surely would have been fragged, the natives end up loving him and making him honorary big chief or some other thing not seen since the height of British condescension to people in African and India. Shameful, shameful stuff.


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