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The Steel Helmet (1951)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 2 February 1951 (USA)
A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War.

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Samuel Fuller

Writer:

Samuel Fuller
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Evans ... Sgt. Zack
Robert Hutton ... Pvt. Bronte
Steve Brodie ... Lt. Driscoll
James Edwards ... Cpl. Thompson
Richard Loo ... Sgt. Tanaka
Sid Melton ... Joe
Richard Monahan Richard Monahan ... Pvt. Baldy
William Chun William Chun ... Short Round
Harold Fong Harold Fong ... The Red
Neyle Morrow ... First GI
Lynn Stalmaster ... Second Lieutenant
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Storyline

During the Korean War, strong but worn and cantankerous Sergeant Zack is aided by a young, orphaned Korean boy. Together they encounter and join a small group of American soldiers. The group stumbles upon a Buddhist temple where they decide to hold up, believing it to be empty... Written by Karl Engel <cassiel@ix.netcom.com>

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Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

2 February 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

38ste breedtegraad See more »

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Budget:

$103,000 (estimated)
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Deputy Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although director Samuel Fuller is well-known for using the character name "Lemchek" in many of his films, he actually uses the character name "Griff" more often. See more »

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The stock archival footage showing the positions of the Communist troops that are being shelled alternate between flat farmland and mountainous country. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Zack: Did you hear the Colonel? Hear what he said?
Lt. Driscoll: Yeah. Yeah I heard what he said.
Sergeant Zack: Well, what are we waitin' for? Get off the Beach. Get those Krauts. Gotta get off the beach.
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Simple, Scathing and Extremely Realistic
4 June 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Korean War, the prisoner of war Sergeant Zack (Gene Evans) and only survivor of his company is released by the South-Korean boy Short Round (William Chun). The walk together trying to reach the American lines, and they stumble with other survivors, forming a ragtag platoon.

When they reach a Buddhist temple, they learn that it is abandoned and they camp there, transforming it in an observation outpost. When they realize that they are under siege of the communist army, they have to battle to survive.

"The Steel Helmet" is a simple, scathing and extremely realistic film by Samuel Fuller. The behavior of the soldiers and the battle scenes battle scenes are extremely realistic. But the stronger part is the sharp critic to the racism in America, through the dialog of the North Korean POW and the Afro-American soldier first and the Asian descendant soldier later. As an effect of the McCarthyism, Samuel Fuller had problems with the FBI because of these scenes. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Capacete de Aço" ("Steel Helmet")


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