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Flying Leathernecks (1951)

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The Technicolor adventure epic Flying Leathernecks offers two things that film cultists can never get enough of: star John Wayne and director Nicholas Ray. Filmed at the behest of RKO chieftain Howard R. Hughes, Leathernecks is a paean to the Marine Flying Corps of World War II. Wayne plays Major Dan Kirby, a squadron commander, whose no-nonsense attitude is sharply at odds with the easygoing approach of executive officer Captain Carl Griffin (Robert Ryan). Griffin eventually learns the value of

May 4, 2004

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Marquee pull of John Wayne and Robert Ryan in the action market has been teamed with a story of Marine fighter pilots.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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This is arguably Ray's least distinguished film, a relatively conventional, anonymous WWII drama made for RKO mogul Howard Hughes.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Though John Wayne plays a similar role to that of his other WWII movies (Sands of Iwo Jima), the tough but sensitive commander, this picture is better than the rest due to smooth and crispy direction by Nicholas Ray.

March 9, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Overlong but action-filled.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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This is the most ordinary film Nicholas Ray ever made.

August 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Pure WWII jingo and John Wayne. But stylish and heroic nonetheless.

August 1, 2005
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The Flying Leathernecks packs a surprising amount of intelligent insight in with its nationalistic rally cry.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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I'm not a huge Robert Ryan fan and this isn't my favorite of Wayne or Ray's either.

Overall it's a pretty typical film of the Gung Ho military genre.

The action scenes incorporate actual war footage which is pretty cool and Ray's editing is marvelous.
February 26, 2008
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