In 1818 Alabama, French settlers are pitted against greedy land-grabber Blake Randolph but Kentucky militiaman John Breen, who's smitten with French gal Fleurette De Marchand, comes to the settlers' aid.
Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General.
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.
After his wife takes their son and leaves him, Sgt. John Stryker is an embittered man who takes his misery out on the men under his command. They're a bunch of green recruits who have a hard time dealing with Stryker's tough drills and thicker skin. Even his old friends start to wonder if he's gone from being the epitome of a tough Marine Sergeant to a man over the edge.Written by
When Sgt. Stryker is telling the squad why he had PFC Eddie Flynn's liberty revoked he is in a "dress" uniform showing three "hashmarks" on his sleeves. That would indicate he had a minimum of 12 years service in the Marine Corps, one hashmark for every four years, or a maximum of 15 years plus. Earlier in the film after he introduced himself to the squad PFC Thomas told the squad he had served with Stryker in China and he had been a Sergeant Major then. He said that Stryker must have done something stupid to be broken down to three stripes. A Sergeant Major is the highest enllisted rank, both in WWII and now for the Marine Corps. Given that Styker and Thomas had served together some time before this meeting it is very unlikely that Stryker could have been a Sergeant Major with less than 20 years of service to the Corps. See more »
In the training montage near the beginning, troops are seen in helmet liners with M1903 rifles contrary to the camouflaged helmets and M1 rifles originally shown. Poor editing. See more »
Opening credits: While this photoplay is based on the Battle for Iwo Jima, most of the incidents and, except where true names are knowingly used, all of the characters are fictitious. Any resemblance between any such events or characters and actual events or persons is coincidental. See more »
Three of the original flag raisers appear in this film.
I have seen this John Wayne classic war film many times, but only recently learned that three surviving original flag raisers (at the time the film was made) had cameo roles in it. Towards the end of the movie, after the beachhead and Mount Suribachi are secured, Sgt. Stryker calls for a squad to raise a flag. Watching from behind Stryker, we see three young men squat down in front of him. Stryker hands them an American flag and directs them to climb to the top of Mt. Suribachi and raise it. The three men playing the roles as themselves are: PFC Rene A. Gagnon, USMC; PFC Ira H. Hayes, USMC; and, PH3 John H. Bradley, USN -- three of the five original famous flag raisers captured on film in the famous scene atop Mt. Suribachi, and forever etched in stone in the Iwo Jima Memorial at Arlington, Virginia. The other two flag raisers were shot and killed later on the island.
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