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Halls of Montezuma (1951)

A company of Marines races against the clock to find a Japanese rocket base.

Director:

Lewis Milestone
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Lt. Anderson
Jack Palance ... Pigeon Lane (as Walter {Jack} Palance)
Reginald Gardiner ... Sgt. Johnson
Robert Wagner ... Coffman
Karl Malden ... Doc
Richard Hylton ... Conroy
Richard Boone ... Lt. Col. Gilfillan
Skip Homeier ... Pretty Boy
Don Hicks Don Hicks ... Lt. Butterfield
Jack Webb ... Correspondent Dickerman
Bert Freed ... Slattery
Neville Brand ... Sgt. Zelenko
Martin Milner ... Whitney
Philip Ahn ... Nomura
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

28 April 1951 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Okinawa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie's dedication seen during the opening credits states: "To the United States Marine Corps- This story is dedicated in gratitude for its help in making it possible - But most of all for its stalwart defense of all we hold dear to our lives, our people, and our future." See more »

Goofs

As his platoon is approaching an enemy-held cave, Lt Anderson checks his watch and tells his men that the time is 0530 (5:30 a.m.). However, rather than being filmed near dawn and in semi-darkness, this scene and the ones immediately following are in bright daylight. 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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Referenced in Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

America
(uncredited)
aka "My Country 'tis of Thee"
Music from "God Save the King"
Played when Dickerman reads to the troops
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An excellent and underrated war film
21 February 2000 | by zep89See all my reviews

I first saw "Halls of Montezuma" on television when I was a kid, and even now, I think it is one of the best war films ever made. All of the actors were perfectly cast and each man gives an outstanding performance. Richard Widmark is particularly good in his role as Lt. Anderson, a tough Marine who is respected by his men, but who also has to suppress his own fear with pills. My favorite scene in the film is where the men are in their foxholes at night, listening to the taunts of the Japanese soldiers. Their faces are briefly illuminated by parachute flares floating in the sky as they talk to each other, waiting for the enemy to do something. It's one of the most realistic scenes I have ever seen in a war film. I think this was one of the first post-WWII films that actually portrayed Japanese soldiers as real human beings, not just simple-minded brutes. You can see some similarities with the combat scenes of "All Quiet on the Western Front", which Lewis Milestone directed 20 years earlier. Anyone who is interested in WWII films should also check out "A Walk in the Sun", another excellent war film directed by Milestone. Simply put, "Halls of Montezuma" is an excellent war film that is underrated by most critics. It should not be missed.


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