Sands Of Iwo Jima

  • 1949
  • Movie
  • NR
  • War

Unlike John Wayne's many WWII films in which he single-handedly destroys whole Japanese battalions, SANDS OF IWO JIMA presents him as a believable, vulnerable human being. Sgt. John M. Stryker (Wayne), a battle-toughened Marine, prepares a group of recruits for combat, driving them hard without worrying about making friends, although he is hurt when Pfc....read more

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Unlike John Wayne's many WWII films in which he single-handedly destroys whole Japanese battalions, SANDS OF IWO JIMA presents him as a believable, vulnerable human being. Sgt. John M. Stryker (Wayne), a battle-toughened Marine, prepares a group of recruits for combat, driving them hard

without worrying about making friends, although he is hurt when Pfc. Peter Conway (John Agar) hopes aloud that his newborn son won't be anything like Stryker. Later, in combat on Tarawa, Stryker's men grow furious with him when he refuses to rescue a Marine who has been separated from the squad,

because to do so would give away their position. After Tarawa, they go to Hawaii for some R & R, where Stryker shows his heart of gold to a young mother forced into prostitution. The Marines' biggest test comes on Iwo Jima, and Stryker's men perform magnificently as they inch their way up Mt.

Suribachi, but their leader is killed and Conway, now his disciple, must try to fill Stryker's big shoes. This is one of Wayne's finest performances, earning him an Oscar nomination. Directed with marvelous restraint by old hand Allan Dwan, SANDS OF IWO JIMA features appearances by three of the

Marines who actually participated in the famous flag-raising on Mt. Suribachi--Ira Hayes, Rene Gagnon, and John Bradley.

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  • Review: Unlike John Wayne's many WWII films in which he single-handedly destroys whole Japanese battalions, SANDS OF IWO JIMA presents him as a believable, vulnerable human being. Sgt. John M. Stryker (Wayne), a battle-toughened Marine, prepares a group of recruit… (more)

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