In 1945, the Marines attack twelve thousand Japaneses protecting the twenty square kilometers of the sacred Iwo Jima island in a very violent battle. When they reach the Mount Suribachi and five Marines and one Navy Corpsman raise their flag on the top, the picture becomes a symbol in a post Great Depression America. The government brings the three survivors to America to raise funds for war, bringing hope to desolate people, and making the three men heroes of the war. However, the traumatized trio has difficulty dealing with the image built by their superiors, sharing the heroism with their mates.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Two actors in this movie have been linked before. Len Cariou (Mr. Beech) and George Hearn (Walter Gust). Cariou originated the title role of Sweeney Todd on Broadway, and was succeeded in the part by Hearn. See more »
In scenes with Navy Chief Petty officers in saucer caps, a black background behind the Anchor insignia is visible. This is a post WWII innovation. See more »
Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman! For God sakes, corpsman! Corpsman! Corpsman!
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There is an additional short sequence after the credits have ended. See more »
Many think Clint Eastwood is a hard patriot who leans to the right but in actuality he is a man of convictions and doesn't take sides or decisions based on emotions. This film doesn't decorate the soldiers who raised the famed flag in Japan that day but shows how in actuality the soldiers themselves were just reluctant heroes. Clint Eastwood juxtaposes memories of the preparation leading up to and in addition to the actual events at the Battle of Iwo Jima with ceremony after ceremony of War Bond fund-raising and the different effects it had on each man. To some, this jumping around, time-wise, may be a bit confusing, especially with the inconsistent use of a narrator.The battle scenes were, at times, gruesome and graphic, but were not overdone and successfully instilled a sense of what is was really like in the costliest battle the United States fought. The most gruesome scene, though, was left to the imagination. This was the first depiction of the Battle of Iwo Jima I've seen that attempts to divulge the mostly unknown faces of the men made famous by a photograph and the problems they faced at home. Great filmmaker that man- Clint Eastwood.
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