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FILM DETAILS
Certificate NR
Cast
John Wayne
John Agar
Adele Mara
Forrest Tucker
Wally Cassell
Directors
Allan Dwan
Screenwriters
Harry Brown
James Edward Grant
Running Time
109 minutes

Sands of Iwo Jima
An essential American war movie


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Plot
A dramatisation of the WWII battle of Iwo Jima, John Stryker (Wayne) is a hard-nut sergeant training young marines for combat in the Pacific war. Embittered after his wife takes off with his son, the green recruits bare the brunt of his tough drills and thick skin as he wanders close to the edge.


Verdict
Tough and involving, best watched as a double bill with Full Metal Jacket.


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