Sands of Iwo Jima ()

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Haunted by personal demons, Marine Sgt. John Stryker is hated and feared by his men, who see him as a cold-hearted sadist. But when their boots hit the beaches, they begin to understand the reason for Stryker's rigid form of discipline.


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Sgt. John M. Stryker
Pfc. Peter Conway
Allison Bromley
Pfc. Al Thomas
Pfc. Benny Regazzi
Pfc. Charlie Bass
Pfc. 'Handsome' Dan Shipley
Cpl. Robert Dunne / Narrator
James Holden ...
Pfc. Soames
Pfc. George Hellenpolis
Pfc. Frank Flynn
Pfc. Eddie Flynn (as Bill Murphy)
Pfc. Harris
Pvt. 'Sky' Choynski (as Hal Fieberling)
Capt. Joyce
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)
Wounded Marine (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ...
Marine (uncredited)
Art Dubin ...
Baby in Crib (uncredited)
Ken DuMain ...
Marine (uncredited)
Marine (uncredited)
Tall Girl (uncredited)
USO Woman (uncredited)
Officer (uncredited)
Colonel in Staff Car (uncredited)
Don Hawks ...
Small Role (uncredited)
Gil Herman ...
Lt. Baker (uncredited)
Marine (uncredited)
Forrestal (uncredited)
Scared Marine (uncredited)
Ed Kerr ...
Marine (uncredited)
Billy Lechner ...
Marine (uncredited)
Mickey McCardle ...
Marine (uncredited)
Roger McGee ...
Sailor (uncredited)
Al Murphy ...
Bartender (uncredited)
Waiter in Bar (uncredited)
Judy Sochor ...
USO Woman (uncredited)
Marine (uncredited)
Steve Wayne ...
Marine (uncredited)
Grenade Instructor (uncredited)
Marine (uncredited)
Lt. Thompson (uncredited)
Joy Windsor ...
USO Woman (uncredited)

Directed by

Allan Dwan

Written by

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

Produced by

Edmund Grainger ... associate producer

Music by

Victor Young

Cinematography by

Reggie Lanning ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Richard L. Van Enger

Art Direction by

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

Set Decoration by

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

Makeup Department

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

Production Management

Lee Lukather ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Nathan Barragar ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Tyrus Wong ... art department (uncredited)

Sound Department

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

Special Effects by

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


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

Camera and Electrical Department

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

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Adele Palmer ... costume supervisor

Music Department

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

Script and Continuity Department

Robert Walker ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

John Wayne earned a 1949 Best Actor Academy Award nomination for one of his most iconic roles, as the battle-hardened leader of a squad of recruits, in Allan Dwan's SANDS OF IWO JIMA. Haunted by his personal demons, Marine Sgt. John Stryker is both hated and feared by his men, who see him as a cold-hearted sadist. But when their boots hit the beaches, they begin to understand the reason for Stryker's rigid form of discipline, as he leads them into one of the most treacherous battles in the Pacific. Emotionally gripping, punctuated with intense battle scenes, all bound together by Wayne's larger-than-life performance, Sands of Iwo Jima is the quintessential WWII film.

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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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  • 100 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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