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The Steel Helmet (1951)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 2 February 1951 (USA)
A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War.

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Complete credited cast:
... Sgt. Zack
... Pvt. Bronte
... Lt. Driscoll
... Cpl. Thompson
... Sgt. Tanaka
... Joe
Richard Monahan ... Pvt. Baldy
William Chun ... Short Round
Harold Fong ... The Red
... First GI
... Second Lieutenant
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During the Korean War, strong but worn and cantankerous Sergeant Zack is aided by a young, orphaned Korean boy. Together they encounter and join a small group of American soldiers. The group stumbles upon a Buddhist temple where they decide to hold up, believing it to be empty... Written by Karl Engel <cassiel@ix.netcom.com>

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Action | Drama | War

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Budget:

$103,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1951
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although it looks like there are quite a bit more, there were actually only 25 extras in this picture, playing both American and North Korean soldiers, and all of them were students from UCLA (the battle scenes were shot in Griffith Park). See more »

Goofs

Short Round sings the South Korean National Anthem to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne" while Pvt. Bronte plays on his organ. However, the music to South Korea's national anthem was changed from Auld Lang Syne to the Finale of Korea Fantasiaat at a ceremony celebrating the founding of South Korea on August 15th, 1948, exactly three years after liberation from Japanese rule, and three years before The Steel Helmet was made. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Zack: Look, Lieutenant, you got nuthin' out threre but rice paddies crawlin' with Commies just waitin' to slap you between two big hunks of rye bread and wash you down with fish eggs and vodka.
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my very first movie
9 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

While maybe not the greatest of all war pictures, STEEL HELMET is the first film I remember seeing on TV as a kid! I don't know what year, or how old I was, but we didn't yet have a TV set, we were visiting a relative's house, who had one, and as the adults were in the main room playing cards and drinking, I lay on the sofa (still captivated by this new invention, imagine: Movies right in your house!,) watched Steel Helmet all the way through! Normally, as little kid, I would've fallen asleep, but for some strange reason, this film mesmerized me and captured my attention so well, I remembered it all through the years, and it became available on VHS, I snatched up a copy right away! Still Have it, and I'm looking to find a DVD version as well! Wow! What a memory! This would have been about '52 or '53 or '54!


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