The Marines attack a strongly held enemy island in the Pacific. We follow them from the beach to a Japanese rocket site through enemy infested jungle as their ex-school teacher leader is transformed into a battle veteran and his squad becomes a tight fighting unit.Written by
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Script treatments written by Sy Bartlett, Harry Kleiner and Major George A. Gilliland USMC held in the Twentieth Century-Fox Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts Special Collections Library were not apparently used for this movie though Gilliand did stay on as a credited technical consultant to this movie's production. See more »
Sergeant Johnson, the interpreter, wears a revolver in a shoulder holster. But the gun's grips are made of bright white ivory, making him a perfect target for the Japanese, especially in low-light conditions. No real Marine would be this careless, and no superior would tolerate such a safety violation by one of his men. See more »
Sgt. Randolph Johnson:
[giving tobacco to a Japanese prisoner who's begging for some]
Always treat a human being like a human being. You'll be surprised what happens.
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A war movie that concentrates upon bonds formed between a Marine Lieutenant, a former High School chemistry teacher and the 7 men of his original Platoon. A tense drama that hinges on the Battalion that has only 24 hours to find the location of the Japanese rockets that will decimate all the marines who have to attack. Character development is excellent and the Lewis Milestone touch is evident in this stirring drama of the Pacific war.
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