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The Outsider (1961)

Approved | | Drama, War | December 1961 (USA)
Tony Curtis plays an Indian (Nicknamed "Chief" by other soldiers) who fights in WWII and helps to raise the flag at Iwo Jima.

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Delbert Mann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Ira Hamilton Hayes
James Franciscus ... Pvt. James B. Sorenson
Gregory Walcott ... Sgt. Kiley
Bruce Bennett ... Gen. Bridges
Vivian Nathan Vivian Nathan ... Nancy Hayes
Edmund Hashim ... Jay Morago
Paul Comi ... Sgt. Boyle
Stanley Adams ... Noomie
Wayne Heffley ... Cpl. Johnson
Ralph Moody ... Uncle
Jeffrey Silver Jeffrey Silver ... McGruder
James Beck James Beck ... Tyler (as Jim Beck)
Forrest Compton Forrest Compton ... Pharmacist Mate John H. Bradley
Pete Homer Pete Homer ... Mr. Alvarez
Mary Patton Mary Patton ... Chairlady
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During WW2, 17-year-old Ira Hamilton Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona, enlists in the Marine Corps. During boot camp at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Ira strikes up a strong and long-lasting friendship with fellow marine, Jim Sorenson. Shipped to the Pacific Theatre of Operations, the two marines fight on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima. They are among the six marines who raise the U.S. flag on Suribachi. Soon afterwards, Sorenson is killed by enemy fire in front of a stunned Ira. Later on, the surviving three marines who helped raise the flag at Iwo Jima are ordered back to the USA to participate in a war bond drive. They tour the country, surrounded by the mass-media and the adoring crowds. They participate at rallies, meetings, media-events and parades. They are asked to make public speeches to persuade the citizens to buy war bonds. However, heartbroken over his friend's death, Ira often turns to booze to give himself the courage to continue. His drinking worsens and he is sent back ... Written by nufs68

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Außenseiter See more »

Filming Locations:

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In June 2016 the Marine Corps determined that Pharmacists Mate John Bradley actually was not among the six flag raisers in the famous pic. See more »

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On Iwo Jima, Ira Hayes salutes his commander in a bunker located in the combat zone. Actual Marines do not salute in the front lines. In addition, Hayes drops his salute before his boss salutes him back. See more »

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Referenced in Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

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Great, unafraid performance by Tony Curtis
4 October 2010 | by wbcsatxSee all my reviews

The official U.S. release date of "The Outsiders" is given as December, 1961, but in late August/early September of 1961, Tony brought the movie to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA. to give all us Marines a sneak peek. He had filmed much of the movie at MCRD, plus in Oceanside and downtown San Diego, so he let us "locals" have the first look. Before and after the showing, Curtis came on the stage at the base theater along with his wife Janet Leigh and MCRD Commannder Gen. Victor Krulak, and we jar-heads were totally impressed with ourselves for getting the VIP treatment from such bigshots. Curtis didn't play the usual featherweight role as Ira Hayes, but gave a tough, gritty performance as an alcoholic on the skids. I don't notice "The Outsiders" listed among Tony Curtis's credits in all these obituaries, but if you get a chance to see it don't pass it up.


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