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Beachhead (1954)

Approved | | Drama, War | 5 February 1954 (USA)
In 1943, in the wake of the Allied amphibious landing on the Japanese held Bougainville Island, four Marines are sent to scout the location of Japanese minefields.

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Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Richard Alan Simmons (screenplay), Richard G. Hubler (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... Burke
Frank Lovejoy ... Sgt. Fletcher
Mary Murphy ... Nina Bouchard
Eduard Franz ... Bouchard, French Planter
Skip Homeier ... Reynolds
John Doucette ... Maj. Scott
Alan Wells ... Biggerman
Akira Fukunaga Akira Fukunaga ... Terrified Japanese Sailor (as Sunshine Akira Fukunaga)
Dan Aoki Dan Aoki ... Japanese Sniper
Steamboat Mokuahi Steamboat Mokuahi ... Malanesian, Island Native
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Storyline

On a Japanese-occupied island during World War II, only two soldiers remain alive after a mission attempt goes horribly wrong. Trapped on the island, they must escort a scientist and his daughter to the other side of the island where their ship awaits. They must battle nature, hard terrain, and advancing Japanese troops. Written by Jeremy Kirk <kirkman316@yahoo.com>

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Is not just a war move. See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brückenkopf X See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The rendezvous point was filmed at Hanalei Pier located on Hanalei Bay on the northern shore of the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii. See more »

Goofs

At 13:29, Tony Curtis and a squad of Marines are beginning their mission. Tony Curtis is wearing a pair of Converse Black High tops with white toes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Killer's Kiss (1955) See more »

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Entertaining, but not without its flaws...
16 November 2005 | by EuroNYC7See all my reviews

This particular war movie has its fine moments, implementing the good, old-fashioned "never-a-dull-moment" bravura common of the numerous World War II B-movies of its type. However, I find a few aspects baffling. The Marines assigned on secret missions such as those played by Curtis and Lovejoy should not be armed with standard rifles; hard-hitting weaponry like Thompson 'Tommy' .45 caliber submachine guns would have been more appropriate. There was one prop that was also questionable, like the immobile one-dimensional Type 95 Japanese tank they were taking shots at, which if memory serves me well, appeared to be a well-tailored but hilariously-obvious cardboard cutout!! But, aforementioned criteria aside, the film is indeed enlightening and I recommend it as quintessential entertainment for a late Saturday night. (I myself last saw this movie with my brother back in 1986 on a Saturday night/Sunday morning 2:00 a.m. time slot, on ABC Channel 7's well-renowned Late, Late Show.)


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