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The Steel Helmet (1951)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 2 February 1951 (USA)
A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War.

Director:

Samuel Fuller

Writer:

Samuel Fuller
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Evans ... Sgt. Zack
Robert Hutton ... Pvt. Bronte
Steve Brodie ... Lt. Driscoll
James Edwards ... Cpl. Thompson
Richard Loo ... Sgt. Tanaka
Sid Melton ... Joe
Richard Monahan Richard Monahan ... Pvt. Baldy
William Chun William Chun ... Short Round
Harold Fong Harold Fong ... The Red
Neyle Morrow ... First GI
Lynn Stalmaster ... Second Lieutenant
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Storyline

During the Korean War, strong but worn and cantankerous Sergeant Zack is aided by a young, orphaned Korean boy. Together they encounter and join a small group of American soldiers. The group stumbles upon a Buddhist temple where they decide to hold up, believing it to be empty... Written by Karl Engel <cassiel@ix.netcom.com>

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... it dares tell the TRUTH behind today's headlines!.. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

2 February 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

38ste breedtegraad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$103,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Deputy Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Zack and Thompson first meet up and swap histories, Zack notes that Thompson had served in "The Big Red One" i.e the First Infantry Division. Direct Fuller later made a movie about, and titled, The Big Red One. See more »

Goofs

When Sgt. Zack opens the new box of cigars the dead soldier had been carrying, the cigar he removes is only half length with a charred end. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Zack: You talk more like a dog face than a gook.
Short Round: I am no gook. I am Korean!
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and introducing Gene Evans as Zack See more »

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Classic That Works on Many Levels
14 March 2005 | by pylgrymSee all my reviews

I too have fond memories of waiting for this movie to come BACK on TV so I could savor it again. It has lost none of the power and evokes many memories as i watch it with my kids and their friends now. A neighbor friend of my son's, whose parents strictly control the TV, has raved about this movie. Why" Because it speaks to children as well as to adults. I 'get' the Milspeak now, and enjoy the banter among the principals because I am a Vietnam and Desert Storm vet (Infantry and Artillery). I only answer the questions my boys have, tho'; I don't try to explain what they wish to keep to themselves, i.e. the Korean boy's scenes. As a kid I wondered what I would do if the Commies attacked my neighborhood, and often played 'guns' that way, against an imaginary enemy. My sons have seen Spielberg's "PVT Ryan", but Sam Fuller's movie is on top of the pile. Looking now for a copy of another one I haven't seen in forty years: Sam Fuller's "Fixed Bayonets". Any help?


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