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Marine Sgt. John Stryker (John Wayne) is despised by his own men for his rough attitude and exhausting training regimen. As the war in the Pacific progresses, though, they begin to respect Stryker's hard-edged outlook on war and his brutal training methods, as it has helped them prepare for the harsh realities of the battlefield. They'll need all of Stryker's battle tactics if they want to survive what will end up being one of the bloodiest engagements of the war: the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Cast & Crew

John Wayne
Sgt. John M. Stryker
John Agar
Pfc. Peter Conway
Forrest Tucker
Pfc. Al Thomas
Adele Mara
Allison Bromley
Wally Cassell
Pfc. Benny Regazzi
James Brown
Pfc. Charlie Bass
Richard Webb
Pfc. "Handsome" Dan Shipley
Arthur Franz
Cpl. Robert Dunne, Narrator
James Holden
Pfc. Soames
Harry Brown
Screenwriter
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Critic Reviews for Sands of Iwo Jima

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  • Mar 11, 2014
    A film that plays on lingering patriotism after the war. It is considered to be one of the best John Wayne although it is a very straight forward effort with no nuance.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2010
    Probably the most influential WW2 movie ever made, you can see ever other movie proceeding it to have similar scenes and characters. Maybe it's because this uses stock footage from the real war, was made so close to the war and has The Duke playing the lead; this is one of the best war movies ever made. No, it's not as well made as Apocalypse Now! or as realistic as Platoon, but this has it where it counts and was made a full 30+ years before either was made. John Stryker is one of the most iconic soldiers in any movie, he represents the true tortured soul and sympathetic tough guy. When a movie like this can still be powerful today, you know they did something right.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2009
    one of the best old war films and one of the best films starring john wayne. until viewing this the horse soldiers was my favourite performance by the duke. don't get me wrong... he's the usual man we know but here he does it better with gumption. he's very well supported too with good performances mostly by all concerned
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  • Aug 31, 2008
    Wayne is giving a surprisingly excellent portrait of a fascist sergeant,preoccupied in reforming thoughts and supposedly liberal ideas.Impressive battle sequences and social morality yet if Patton was and is an overrated piece of militarism,I believe am really soft rating it with an extra half for the decent neutrality of Iwo Jima events,despite the usual historical patriotism.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer

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