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Halls of Montezuma (1951)

A company of Marines races against the clock to find a Japanese rocket base.

Director:

Lewis Milestone
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Lt. Anderson
Jack Palance ... Pigeon Lane (as Walter {Jack} Palance)
Reginald Gardiner ... Sgt. Johnson
Robert Wagner ... Private Coffman
Karl Malden ... Doc
Richard Hylton ... Conroy
Richard Boone ... Lt. Col. Gilfillan
Skip Homeier ... Pretty Boy
Don Hicks Don Hicks ... Lt. Butterfield
Jack Webb ... Correspondent Dickerman
Bert Freed ... Slattery
Neville Brand ... Sgt. Zelenko
Martin Milner ... Whitney
Philip Ahn ... Nomura
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Storyline

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 Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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Action with the Battling Leathernecks! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

28 April 1951 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Okinawa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was directed by Lewis Milestone who was a veteran of the war movie by the time he made this movie. His other war films had included by that time Arch of Triumph (1948); Voor moed, beleid en trouw (1944); The North Star (1943) aka Armored Attack; De greep des doods (1943); Our Russian Front (1942) and All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). See more »

Goofs

After Anderson sees Pretty Boy was shot dead, he stands up and shoulders his rifle under his arm, but the next camera shot shows his rifle behind his arm. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Randolph Johnson: Wasn't there a comment by your General Sherman about war?
Lt. Butterfield: Yeah, he said, "War is Hell." What did he know, that eight-ball never left the States.
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Connections

Referenced in Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Semper Fidelis
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played during the opening credits
Also played during the first landing
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Dated (very) but good (very!)
28 January 2003 | by grahamsj3See all my reviews

This is one of a slew of WW2 films made in the late 40's and early 50's, some better than others. This is definitely one of the better ones. This film features a whole bunch of future stars, such as Richard Widmark, Karl Malden, Richard Boone, Jack Palance, Robert Wagner, Jack Webb and Martin Milner. Most of them hadn't completely honed their skills yet and a couple of the performances are either a bit wooden (Malden, Wagner and Webb) or overdone (Widmark). The technology is very primitive by today's standards, yet this film holds up well. The acting aside, it seems that every effort was made to make the film as realistic as it could be. In that respect, this film is much better than some of the others of the same era. There are a lot of films from this era. If you choose to watch only a few of them, make sure this is one of the few.


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