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Eight Iron Men (1952)

Unrated | | Drama , War | December 1952 (USA)
During WW2 in Italy, Sergeant Joe Mooney is leading his small squad on the front-lines but is ordered to avoid rescuing a soldier trapped in no man's land.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Harry Brown (play), Harry Brown (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bonar Colleano Bonar Colleano ... Pvt. Collucci
Arthur Franz ... Carter
Lee Marvin ... Sgt. Joe Mooney
Richard Kiley ... Pvt. Coke
Nick Dennis ... Pvt. Sapiros
James Griffith ... Pvt. Ferguson
Dickie Moore ... Pvt. Muller (as Dick Moore)
George Cooper ... Pvt. Small
Barney Phillips ... Captain Trelawny
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... Walsh
Richard Grayson Richard Grayson ... Lieutenant Crane
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... Hunter
Mary Castle ... Girl
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Storyline

Stanley Kramer's WW-II character study has Lee Marvin as the Sergeant of a small squad laid over during fighting in Italy. During the otherwise boring time between battles, tensions arise as they are ordered not to rescue a squad mate pinned down by the enemy, for fear of risking more lives. Based on the stage play "A Sound of Hunting", by Harry Brown. Written by CineTiger

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They've got a single dream ... and she's terrific !

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

8 farliga män See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While the sound of jets flying over might be regarded as a goof, in the last months of the war in Europe the Germans were flying the ME- 262 jet fighter.

While this was true, the ME-262 never flew in Italy, only over the German Fatherland. See more »

Goofs

When Lee Marvin calls Pvt. Collucci to be look out using binoculars. If you listen you will hear Jets fly over during WWII. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Collucci: Did I ever tell you about the dame I met in Georgia?
Pvt. Ferguson: Yeah, yeah you told us.
Pvt. Collucci: Well, I got a couple more I can tell you about.
Pvt. Ferguson: Tell us about the bald headed one from Newark.
Pvt. Collucci: Go on, needle me, needle me; how'd I know she came from Newark?
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Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

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The Talking Blues War
21 August 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Edward Dmytryk returned from the McCarthy hearings to direct this slightly expanded stage show of eight World War Two soldiers, sitting around in a wrecked basement, waiting for their chance to go on furlough .... but the sergeant --- played by a Lee Marvin so young that he still has dark hair -- wants to go out and find a missing man. The endless talk talk talk is alleviated occasionally as Marvin goes out to see the company's captain, who also lives in a wrecked basement.

Dmytryk and the screenwriters have done very little to expand this for the screen. You may, if you like, interpret this as a failure of nerve of Dmytryk's part: he had originally refused to testify as to who was a Communist before the House Unamerican Activities Committee. A few months in jail broke his resolve, and he spent the remainder of his career directing ever larger, ever glossier and ever emptier films.


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