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Fixed Bayonets! (1951)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 6 December 1951 (USA)
The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.

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... Cpl. Denno
... Sgt. Rock
... Sgt. Lonergan
... Medic John Wheeler
... Lt. Gibbs
... Whitey
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The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.

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6 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Baionetas Caladas  »

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This film's opening prologue states: "This is the story of American troops in Korea early in 1951. It is dedicated to the Queen of Battles--the United States Infantry. We give our grateful thanks to the Department of the Army for its encouragement, advice, and active cooperation in the preparation and production of this picture". See more »

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When Sgt Rock is running out the cave and down the hill to stab the Red soldier, the shadow of the camera crane following him can be seen on the snow. See more »

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Cpl. Denno: Some men are afraid of high places. Some are afraid of water. And some are afraid of being responsible for the death of a lot of other guys.
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Featured in The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller (2002) See more »

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Indiana
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Music by James F. Hanley
Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald
Sung by a chorus when the troops are first pulling out
Played occasionally in the score
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Wish they could all be like this
14 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Another Sam Fuller nitty gritty, down-to-earth where the rubber meets the road movie. There is nothing extra in this movie. Every word every action is meaningful. I wish more directors today would study Sam Fuller. It seems that only Quentin Tarantino ever heard of Sam.

The premise of this film is a little unlikely- Korea early in the war and one infantry platoon is assigned to hold off three Chinese and North Korean Divisions while the rest of the U.S. Division regroups. While it is more likely that a larger US force would have had such an assignment the small number of men comprising a single platoon makes for some real character development. There are some great characters here. Fuller wrote some real life into them. I believe Fuller was a combat vet from WWII so he knows what he writes- the fear, the rage, the fear again. There are lots of nice little bits here- the frozen foot while holding up in a cave. No one is sure whose foot it is that is being revived as all their feet are frozen. I had to throw another log in the woodstove after that scene.

If you are interested in war movies without flag waving and corny dialog this movie is for you.


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