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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 ... 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:

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the invasion of Iwo Jima, Marine Lee Marvin was shot in the behind by a Japanese sniper. See more »

Goofs

When Pvt. Collucci throws a grenade at the German machine gun, it is easy to see where the grenade lands as a small puff of dust is visible. However, the explosion occurs well to the left and behind where the grenade actually landed. See more »

Quotes

Captain Trelawny: I came up here with a company and I'll be lucky to leave with a platoon.
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Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

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Great War Movie From A Flop Play
21 September 2012 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Can't recall when I've seen a better war picture. I've seen lots of them with more action, as this is mainly a talking picture, but this one features extraordinarily good acting performances from the entire cast. Especially good was Bonar Colleano, who is the central figure in the story. He is the Wise-Guy-From-The-Bronx, a character movie directors and writers liked to insert into their work, and Colleano makes the most of his star turn.

As with all movies reviewed on the website, the plot has been restated by all contributors, but just let me say it seems mainly like a filmed stage play. But the film is not static and the action moves at a brisk pace, if you can imagine this in a movie with basically one set. We get to learn about each platoon member as characters are fleshed out to a remarkable degree, so that we understand what motivates each one.

Noteworthy, apart from Colleano is Lee Marvin, here honing his tough guy credentials, and Nick Dennis with much more of a part than he normally was used to. I thought Barney Phillips, a good actor himself, was miscast as the Captain. He was just too old for the part - if you have been in the service you would spot it right away. Ol' reliable TCM aired this one the other day, and it is very worth watching.


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