The Steel Helmet

1951

The Steel Helmet

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One of the greatest war films ever made, this film still retains considerable power when compared with today's more explicit offerings. Fuller regular Gene Evans plays a tough-as-nails sergeant who, because of his helmet, is the sole survivor of an ambush during the Korean War. He is helped through the wilderness by an orphan (William Chun as Short Round) and led to a new platoon that faces even greater dangers.

Cast

Gene Evans
as Sgt. Zack
Robert Hutton
as Pvt. Bronte
Steve Brodie
as Lt. Driscoll
James Edwards
as Cpl. Thompson
Richard Loo
as Sgt. `Buddhahead' Tanaka
Sid Melton
as Joe, 2nd GI
Richard Monahan
as Pvt. Baldy
William Chun
as `Short Round'
Harold Fong
as The Red
Lynn Stalmaster
as 2nd Lieutenant
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Audience Reviews for The Steel Helmet

  • 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.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Cindy I Super Reviewer

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