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Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 1 March 1950 (USA)
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A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Harry Brown (screenplay), James Edward Grant (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Sgt. John M. Stryker
John Agar ... Pfc. Peter Conway
Adele Mara ... Allison Bromley
Forrest Tucker ... Pfc. Al Thomas
Wally Cassell ... Pfc. Benny Regazzi
James Brown ... Pfc. Charlie Bass
Richard Webb ... Pfc. 'Handsome' Dan Shipley
Arthur Franz ... Cpl. Robert Dunne / Narrator
Julie Bishop ... Mary
James Holden James Holden ... Pfc. Soames
Peter Coe ... Pfc. George Hellenpolis
Richard Jaeckel ... Pfc. Frank Flynn
William Murphy ... Pfc. Eddie Flynn (as Bill Murphy)
George Tyne ... Pfc. Harris
Hal Baylor ... Pvt. 'Sky' Choynski (as Hal Fieberling)
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Storyline

After his wife takes their son and leaves him, Sgt. John Stryker is an embittered man who takes his misery out on the men under his command. They're a bunch of green recruits who have a hard time dealing with Stryker's tough drills and thicker skin. Even his old friends start to wonder if he's gone from being the epitome of a tough Marine Sergeant to a man over the edge. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Taglines:

Alone and outnumbered, they had one thing in their favor... the American dream. Alone and Outnumbered, They Had One Thing In Their Favor... The AMERICAN DREAM! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal Studios

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sands of Iwo Jima See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The success of the film led to the commissioning of Operation Pacific (1951) and Flying Leathernecks (1951). See more »

Goofs

As the men prepare for the Tarawa invasion there is a scene showing them climbing down the cargo nets and then the scene switches to actual footage of men climbing down a net into landing craft, which are shown to be Higgins Boats. The next scene shows them in a landing vehicle in the water approaching the beach but they are now in LVT's (Landing Vehicle-Tracked.) That part of the scene is correct, as LVT's were used at Tarawa (and many other Pacific islands) in order to cross the coral reef. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Stryker: Lock and load.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits Historical note- The first American flag was raised on Mount Suribachi by the late Sgt. 'Ernest I. Thomas, Jr.', U.S.M.C. on the morning of February 23,1945. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Andy Griffith Show: Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964) See more »

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Life Imitates Art
2 May 2004 | by btillman63See all my reviews

I don't know about currently, but some years ago this film was being shown at the Marine Corps Basic School where second lieutenants are hatched. It's an unexcelled example of military life imitating art: a symbiotic relationship between the Corps' timeless self image and, by extension, that image reinforcing the reality of the Corps itself.

SOIJ is still one of the better WW II combat films, even 55 years after its release. The one factual glitch is the impossibility of a Tarawa unit (2nd Marine Division) being ashore on Iwo (3rd, 4th, and 5th Divisions.) Otherwise, I don't think I've never known a marine who had serious reservations about it.


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