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One of the greatest war movies of all time, combining action-packed, high-caliber battle sequences with quintessential foxhole-buddy camaraderie. Released in 1943, its authenticity and power remain undiminished. The story follows one squad of Marines through the bloody assaults on the Solomon Islands during the opening stages of the war in the South Pacific. Theres the tough sergeant (Lloyd Nolan), a cab driver from Brooklyn (William Bendix), a Mexican (Anthony Quinn) and a chaplain (Preston Foster). A battle-weary narrator reads from a diary, commenting on the typical grunts everyday life, and death. Battles and dates of engagement are named, putting the explosive action into a solid historical context. Based on Richard Tregaskis best-selling book, the script is by renowned screenwriter Lamar Trotti, who also wrote the screenplay for the wartime classic To the Shore of Tripoli.
Actors: Preston Foster; Lloyd Nolan; William Bendix; Richard Conte; Anthony Quinn
Writer: Richard Tregaskis; Lamar Trotti; Jerome Cady
Director: Lewis Seiler
Producer: Islin Auster; Bryan Foy
Genre: Drama; War
ScreenDisplay: B&W/94/Full Frame/NR
AspectRatio: 4:3 (fullframe)
SpecialFeatures: Theatrical Trailer;Fox Flix Trailers