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Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

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A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Harry Brown (screenplay), James Edward Grant (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Sgt. John M. Stryker
John Agar ... Pfc. Peter Conway
Adele Mara ... Allison Bromley
Forrest Tucker ... Pfc. Al Thomas
Wally Cassell ... Pfc. Benny Regazzi
James Brown ... Pfc. Charlie Bass
Richard Webb ... Pfc. 'Handsome' Dan Shipley
Arthur Franz ... Cpl. Robert Dunne / Narrator
Julie Bishop ... Mary
James Holden James Holden ... Pfc. Soames
Peter Coe ... Pfc. George Hellenpolis
Richard Jaeckel ... Pfc. Frank Flynn
William Murphy ... Pfc. Eddie Flynn (as Bill Murphy)
George Tyne ... Pfc. Harris
Hal Baylor ... Pvt. 'Sky' Choynski (as Hal Fieberling)
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Storyline

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 Alfred Jingle

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Alone and outnumbered, they had one thing in their favor... the American dream. Alone and Outnumbered, They Had One Thing In Their Favor... The AMERICAN DREAM! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal Studios

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iwo Jima See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sergeant Stryker: Well I guess, into each life a little rain must fall.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Avalon (1990) See more »

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Three of the original flag raisers appear in this film.
6 February 2004 | by Dave_KaeserSee all my reviews

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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