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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.

Director:

Samuel Fuller

Writer:

Samuel Fuller
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Evans ... Sgt. Zack
Robert Hutton ... Pvt. Bronte
Steve Brodie ... Lt. Driscoll
James Edwards ... Cpl. Thompson
Richard Loo ... Sgt. Tanaka
Sid Melton ... Joe
Richard Monahan Richard Monahan ... Pvt. Baldy
William Chun William Chun ... Short Round
Harold Fong Harold Fong ... The Red
Neyle Morrow ... First GI
Lynn Stalmaster ... Second Lieutenant
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Storyline

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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It's the REAL Korean Story! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

2 February 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

38ste breedtegraad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$103,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1951
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Production Co:

Deputy Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The FBI investigated Fuller and Evans at one point during the HUAC period. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) Sgt. Zack shoots a door in the temple but no holes appear in the door. In a subsequent scene he does the same thing to another door but this time there are holes in the door, See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Zack: Dead man's nothin' but a corpse. No one cares what he is now.
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Crazy Credits

Instead of the traditional "The End", the closing title reads, "There is no end to this story". See more »

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This is the best Korean War movie I have ever seen.
20 January 2002 | by Trespassers WillSee all my reviews

Ok, I've only seen three, but that does not change my standing.

The Steel Helmet tells of a group of infantrymen who have come together by literally running into each other by chance. They travel to a Buddhist temple to set up an observation post, but are soon surrounded by the Communist army. There is then a massive battle that is not exactly pretty for the Americans.

The story is good and moves along at a rate which will keep you intrigued, the battle scenes are very good, and I especially like the part where the medic takes off his helmet, rips off his Red Cross armband and fires the machine gun after the man that was operating it was killed. I wish this movie would come onto video or at least be shown on TV so I can tape it. 8/10


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