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Sands of Iwo Jima Reviews

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½ November 28, 2016
Grunt's eye view of the pacific war. John Wayne is terrific as the tough sergeant whipping the new squad into shape. The film is solid until the last couple of minutes where the sentiment gets a little over the top. Real WW2 footage is spliced in to impressive effect.
November 6, 2016
Having been in war, this is the real deal. Superb.
November 13, 2015
Classic John Wayne war movie.

Set in World War 2, a veteran US Marine Sergeant, Sgt John Stryker (played by John Wayne), is given the task of training and leading a squad of largely raw recruits. We see his tough leadership, for their own good, the invasion of Tarawa, more training and, ultimately, the invasion of Iwo Jima.

Tough, gritty war movie. Quite realistic and convincing in its portrayal of war, and what goes on to make soldiers ready to fight.

Good performances all round. One of John Wayne most famous roles, and a character he was born to play. He doesn't disappoint.

Not perfect - there are some sub-plots or scenes that seem quite pointless and/or clumsy, but these are few and far between.

Great movie.
July 21, 2015
Nominated for 4 Academy Awards!
½ July 6, 2015
John Wayne plays his classic "rough, good guy" role in a (somewhat standard) patriotic War movie.
June 15, 2015
Best movie EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 30, 2015
Watched the more as a film history lesson.
November 6, 2014
I am Down open see this movie with my brother Gavin first Army Civil War
all the Classic's movie never made?!!!
November 6, 2014
one of the best WWII movies of its generation
May 3, 2014
A true classic that raised awareness about the horrors of WWII shortly after WWII. One of John Wayne's forgotten, yet best roles.
April 25, 2014
ok WWII pic post WWII
Super Reviewer
March 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.
March 7, 2014
A worthy piece of World War II patriotism and a terrific showcase for John Wayne.
½ February 20, 2014
One of the best war films ever made!
½ February 15, 2014
This above average war film is one of the most influential films about the War in the Pacific establishing many of the themes that will reoccur in later films on the same subject. The intercutting of real footage adds to the realism though the obvious change in film stock is jarring. The first part of the film is fairly run of the mill but the two beach landings, the second culminating in the famous flag raising, are very well constructed. Ethnic minorities among the American troops are treated with respect and there are positive portrayals of Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faith. John Wayne was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of hard bitten Sgt Stryker both loved and hated by his men. While there are some layers to the character it's no surprise that he lost to his co-star as it's Wayne's usual workmanlike performance without being particularly brilliant. Ultimately this is a propaganda film but one of a fairly high order.
November 13, 2013
tough Marine sergeant Stryker trains recruits bitter and tough, leading his contemporaries to question his behavior and his men to dislike him for his harsh training methods. Using stock footage from the actual battle itself
½ September 16, 2013
John Wayne Murders yet another war film, with his lack luster performance and momotomous tone, however John Agar ,Forrest Tucker ,Wally Cassell ,and Adele Mara make up for Wayne's bad acting, the film real war footage ,which was often the fashion at the time. This real life story tells the tale of recruits and their journey through the War
August 9, 2013
One of John Wayne's best performance.
½ February 7, 2013
John Wayne plays the older sergeant disliked by his troops for his rigid attitude until they finally discover through the rigors of actual combat that he had their interests at heart. This is a dynamic that plays out through many subsequent war films right up to Clint Eastwood's "Heartbreak Ridge" (although the battle for Iwo Jima is a little higher stakes than the invasion of Grenada). B movie fans will be pleased to see John Agar as a really lax young private who learns the errors of his ways. Richard Jaeckel also stars.
January 22, 2013
One of my favorite movies of all time, great acting, and really great job of portraying the life of a soldier during that time period.
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