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Halls of Montezuma (1951)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 28 April 1951 (Italy)
A company of Marines races against the clock to find a Japanese rocket base.

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Pigeon Lane (as Walter {Jack} Palance)
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The Marines attack a strongly held enemy island in the Pacific. We follow them from the beach to a Japanese rocket site through enemy infested jungle as their ex-school teacher leader is transformed into a battle veteran and his squad becomes a tight fighting unit. Written by Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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The everlasting story of the everlasting glory of the UNITED STATES MARINES! See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Okinawa  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Twentieth Century-Fox film studio publicity reveals that studio mogul Darryl F. Zanuck and producer Robert Bassler derived this movie's story from a short Marine film called "Objective-Prisoners" labeling this as "the key". The essence of this short film's plot was the high importance of capturing prisoners-of-war for interrogation as part of the military intelligence rationale. See more »

Goofs

After Anderson sees Pretty Boy was shot dead, he stands up and shoulders his rifle under his arm, but the next camera shot shows his rifle behind his arm. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Anderson: [Carl Anderson, chemistry teacher, helping Stuart Conroy with his stuttering has him recite this line] Hope is the mother of all men.
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Connections

Referenced in MASH (1970) See more »

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America
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aka "My Country 'tis of Thee"
Music from "God Save the King"
Played when Dickerman reads to the troops
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Psychosomatic Realism!
1 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

One of the rare american war movies with a certain sense of

reality: Richard Widmark as a platoon leader conquering the

pacific island of okinawa. From the long waiting time before the

attack on the battleship, to the landing operation on the shores of

okinawa, to the painful losses of his men, we follow these serious

looking americans. Their faces seem motionless and two of the

officers, including Widmark, have psychosomatic war syndroms.

The killing is no fun in this movie, the dying is no fun to watch. All in

all, not very entertaining, but a lesson in war, much more realistic

than later US-movies on the same topic.


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