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Sands of Iwo Jima ()


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

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Sgt. John M. Stryker
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Pfc. Peter Conway
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Allison Bromley
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Pfc. Al Thomas
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Pfc. Benny Regazzi
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Pfc. Charlie Bass
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Pfc. 'Handsome' Dan Shipley
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Cpl. Robert Dunne / Narrator
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Mary
James Holden ...
Pfc. Soames
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Pfc. George Hellenpolis
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Pfc. Frank Flynn
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Pfc. Eddie Flynn (as Bill Murphy)
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Pfc. Harris
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Pvt. 'Sky' Choynski (as Hal Fieberling)
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Capt. Joyce
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Pvt. Mike McHugh
Leonard Gumley ...
Pvt. Sid Stein
William Self ...
Pvt. L.D. Fowler Jr.
David M. Shoup ...
Col. D. M. Shoup (as Col. D.M. Shoup U.S.M.C.)
H.P. Crowe ...
Lt. Col. H.P. Crowe (as Lt. Col. H.P. Crowe U.S.M.C.)
Harold G. Schrier ...
Capt. Harold G. Schrier (as Capt. Harold G. Schrier U.S.M.C.)
Rene A. Gagnon ...
Pfc Rene A Gagnon (as Pfc. Rene A. Gagnon)
Ira H. Hayes ...
Pfc Ira H. Hayes (as Pfc. Ira H. Hayes)
John H. Bradley ...
PM3 / c John H. Bradley (as PM3/c John H. Bradley)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Conrad Binyon ...
Marine (uncredited)
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Wounded Marine (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ...
Marine (uncredited)
Ken DuMain ...
Marine (uncredited)
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Marine (uncredited)
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Tall Girl (uncredited)
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USO Woman (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
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Colonel in Staff Car (uncredited)
Don Hawks ...
Small Role (uncredited)
Gil Herman ...
Lt. Baker (uncredited)
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Marine (uncredited)
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Forrestal (uncredited)
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Scared Marine (uncredited)
Ed Kerr ...
Marine (uncredited)
Billy Lechner ...
Marine (uncredited)
Mickey McCardle ...
Marine (uncredited)
Roger McGee ...
Sailor (uncredited)
Al Murphy ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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Waiter in Bar (uncredited)
Judy Sochor ...
USO Woman (uncredited)
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Marine (uncredited)
Steve Wayne ...
Marine (uncredited)
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Grenade Instructor (uncredited)
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Marine (uncredited)
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Lt. Thompson (uncredited)
Joy Windsor ...
USO Woman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Allan Dwan

Written by

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Harry Brown ... (screenplay) &
James Edward Grant ... (screenplay)
 
Harry Brown ... (story)

Produced by

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Edmund Grainger ... associate producer

Music by

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Victor Young

Cinematography by

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Reggie Lanning ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Richard L. Van Enger

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James W. Sullivan ... (as James Sullivan)

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John McCarthy Jr. ... (set decorations)
Otto Siegel ... (set decorations)

Makeup Department

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Peggy Gray ... hair stylist
Bob Mark ... makeup supervisor
Vern Murdock ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Lee Lukather ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Nathan Barragar ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Tyrus Wong ... art department (uncredited)

Sound Department

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T.A. Carman ... sound
Howard Wilson ... sound

Special Effects by

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Howard Lydecker ... special effects
Theodore Lydecker ... special effects
Jack Caffee ... special effects (uncredited)
The United States Marine Corps ... demolition effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Fred Graham ... stunt double (uncredited)
Don Nagel ... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson ... stunt double (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Donald Biddle Keyes ... still photographer (uncredited)
Herbert Kirkpatrick ... camera operator (uncredited)
Nels Mathias ... grip (uncredited)
Sid Swaney ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Adele Palmer ... costume supervisor

Music Department

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Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ernest Gold ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Victor Young ... conductor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Robert Walker ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Other crew

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David O. Selznick ... John Agar by arrangement with
Ernest I. Thomas Jr. ... historical note (as Sgt. Ernest I. Thomas Jr. U.S.M.C.)
Herbert J. Yates ... presenter
Sid Davis ... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
Leonard Friebourg ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Jack Lewis ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Holland M. Smith ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Ted White ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Fightin' . . Laughin' . . Lovin' ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Iwo Jima (France)
  • Du warst unser Kamerad (Germany)
  • Arenas sangrientas (Spain)
  • Piaski Iwo Jimy (Poland)
  • O Inferno de Iwo Jima (Portugal)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Kirk Douglas was considered for the role of Sgt. Stryker before director Allan Dwan realized he could get John Wayne to play the part. See more »
Goofs The first battle the movie's unit participates in is Tarawa. Tarawa was assaulted by the 2nd Marine Division. The same unit is then engaged in the Iwo Jima campaign. Iwo Jima was invaded by the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions. It's very unlikely that Stryker's whole squad would have been transferred to another division. Furthermore, earlier in the film Stryker refers to his involvement in the Guadalcanal assault. The assault on Guadalcanal was conducted by both the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions, so it is plausible for Stryker to have served with two marine divisions. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from With the Marines at Tarawa (1944). See more »
Crazy Credits Towards the end of the opening cast credits there states: And The three living survivors of the historic flag raising on Mount Suribachi Rene A. Gagnon (as Pfc Rene A. Gagnon), Ira H. Hayes (as Pfc Ira H. Hayes) and John H. Bradley (as PM3/c John H. Bradley). See more »
Quotes Sgt. Stryker: You gotta learn right and you gotta learn fast. And any man that doesn't want to cooperate, I'll make him wish he had never been born.
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