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Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 1 March 1950 (USA)
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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

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A great human story... makes a mighty motion picture. A Great Human Story... Makes A Mighty Motion Picture. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal Studios

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sands of Iwo Jima See more »

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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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Trivia

Thousands of feet of barbed wire were used. See more »

Goofs

The way Stryker holds the sawbuck changes. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Stryker: SADDLE UP.
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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 »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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The definitive John Wayne war movie
6 August 2002 | by t-h-fieldsSee all my reviews

John Wayne acted in a number of war films: Operation Pacific, Back to Bataan, The Green Berets, and The Longest Day. No doubt, this is his best. It's one of the true classics.

Some may find it unrealistic due to its sanitized language and relatively meager gore (remember, it was made in 1949). But its themes are timeless: duty, honor, country. The skillful integration of battle scenes and real-life newsreel footage makes it seem almost like a documentary.

If you want a politically correct war film, try something else. If you want a well-made, well-acted, patriotic film, this is it.


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