Sands of Iwo Jima

1949

Action / Drama / Romance / War

44
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 80%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 8186

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John Wayne as Sgt. John M. Stryker
Martin Milner as Pvt. Mike McHugh
Richard Jaeckel as Pfc. Frank Flynn
John Agar as Pfc. Peter Conway
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mcgx6 10 / 10

John Waynes Best

In The Dukes top three movies along with "The Searchers" and "The Quiet Man". John Wayne was one of Hollywood's finest actors. He made the role one you could identify with. In "Sands of Iwo Jima" Sgt. Striker is a MARINE! He makes men out of boys. The Oscar should have been his. He is a man haunted by his past but it doesn't affect his duty to his men. Some may hate him but in the end they all come to respect him.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 7 / 10

Great Iwo Jima film - much better than Flags of Our Fathers

Having watched and been disappointed by Eastwood's FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, I was eager to try another Iwo Jima story and this John Wayne one came up. The ultimate film detailing that battle is, of course, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA which portrays the Japanese perspective, but for the American viewpoint, SANDS OF IWO JIMA is the one to go for.

This is an engaging and compelling portrayal of the battle full of realistic and gripping battle sequences full of fire, destruction, and explosion. It says something that the newsreel footage mixed in with the filmed footage doesn't stand out at all and it's very difficult to tell the two apart, so authentic-looking are the battle scenes in this.

The plot is simplistic stuff, with a squad of soldiers working their way through the campaign, bickering and losing men as they do so. It's held together by John Wayne as the gruff Sergeant Stryker. Wayne plays one of his most likable characters in this film and he's a real delight, mixing sensitivity and brawn in a believable way. The supporting cast, including the likes of Forrest Tucker, are fine too. SANDS OF IWO JIMA is a film that doesn't feel dated at all despite the time that has elapsed since release and for an exploration of the American perspective in WW2 it does its job very well.

Reviewed by grantss 8 / 10

Classic John Wayne war movie

Classic John Wayne war movie.

Set in World War 2, a veteran US Marine Sergeant, Sgt John Stryker (played by John Wayne), is given the task of training and leading a squad of largely raw recruits. We see his tough leadership, for their own good, the invasion of Tarawa, more training and, ultimately, the invasion of Iwo Jima.

Tough, gritty war movie. Quite realistic and convincing in its portrayal of war, and what goes on to make soldiers ready to fight.

Good performances all round. One of John Wayne most famous roles, and a character he was born to play. He doesn't disappoint.

Not perfect - there are some sub-plots or scenes that seem quite pointless and/or clumsy, but these are few and far between.

Great movie.

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