The Steel Helmet (1951)
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as Sgt. Zack
as Pvt. Bronte
as Lt. Driscoll
as Cpl. Thompson
as Sgt. `Buddhahead' Tanaka
as Joe, 2nd GI
as Pvt. Baldy
as `Short Round'
as The Red
as 1st GI
as 2nd Lieutenant
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Critic Reviews for The Steel Helmet
[Sam] Fuller's powerful direction turns a trite story into a vivid study of national and personal identity.
As visceral as any movie ever made, this is also Fuller's portrait of the collapsing mind, a race into madness
The first American film about the Korean War [and] one of the greatest war films ever made.
Audience Reviews for The Steel Helmet
Really great Korean War flick from Sam Fuller. Possibly the best Korean war movie ever, although I'd need to do some more research to be sure.
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.
i didn't think a film like this was possible in 1950's john wayne america; an emotionally honest portrait of soldiers under fire made at the height of the korean war. i have new found respect for sam fuller. this is in the league of paths of glory and bridge on the river kwai. it's outstanding and a must-see for fans of war films. i'd never even heard of this but i'm really glad i watched it
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