The Steel Helmet 1951

The Steel Helmet

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In the early days of the Korean War, gruff U.S. Sgt. Zack (Gene Evans) is retreating to safety after an enemy attack wipes out his unit. Rescued and guided through the jungle by a friendly Korean orphan (William Chun), Zack runs into an African-American medic (James Edwards) and a platoon led by Lt. Driscoll (Steve Brodie), a by-the-book officer. Together, this unlikely band of brothers make their way to an abandoned Buddhist temple, where they stage a desperate attempt to fend off the enemy.

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  • Jul 24, 2020
    Director Sam Fuller loses the war in this battle picture that takes place during the Korean conflict in the 1950s. Fuller's attempt to address America's racist ways is daring for a film of its time, but ultimately its minority characters accept their country's original and constant sin without a fight. Fuller, though, deserves a salute for how he portrays a hardened, war weary sergeant played well by Gene Evans.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2011
    This is great stuff! Samuel Fuller, you jive sucka!
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    Samuel Fuller was the rough rebel of Hollywood, but with "The Steel Helmet" in 1951 he achieved both success at the box office and critically. The fact that it was shot in ten days and for 1/10th the average feature length film cost at the time, it is truly stunning what Fuller achieved! Not only is the film brilliantly acted and directed but the cinematography and overall epic feel are shockingly portrayed for the shoestring budget. This is a great war film that tells of the struggles of the soldiers and hits on topics of race (which made it so controversial) and humanity amongst others. Great action sequences just make it all the better and as the end title says "This story has no end", the film does indeed have a timeless feel.
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  • Jul 05, 2009
    Well-made film set during the Korean Conflict by Samuel Fuller. More character study than exciting battle film, and definiltely anti-war, as most war films really are. A gruff but tired sergeant, who is the sole survivor of the ambush of his platoon by North Korean soldiers, meets up with a ragtag platoon in a similar state and a young South Korean boy. They take temporary refuge in a Buddhist temple (although the giant Buddha statue looked more like Geronimo), where they are attacked by North Koreans. A couple of slightly disturbing scenes, including one where Sgt. Zack tells the Korean boy, called "Short Round", to get a helmet and boots from one of his dead platoon mates, and a black soldier's discussion of racism in America, which he seems to accept with little comment. Odd, but I assume it's a product of the time the film was made. For some reason that I haven't put my finger on yet, I got a strong feel of Kurosawa while watching this film, especially Rashomon and Seven Samurai.
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