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Halls of Montezuma (1950)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: May 25, 2004

Running Time
1 hour, 53 minutes

Country USA

Studio 20th Century Fox

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• Halls of Montezuma

• Okinawa (1951)

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Genre: Action, Adventure, War, Drama, World War II, Suspense

Plot: Once again returning to the genre to which he was perhaps best-suited, director Lewis Milestone traces the fate of a Marine platoon in the Pacific theater during WWII. The film stars Richard Widmark as the no-nonsense Lt. Carl Anderson, an officer charged with the responibility of leading his unit on a scouting mission to capture prisoners from an experimental rocket-launching facility and bring them back for interrogation. Among his platoon are veterans Pidgeon Lane (Jack Palance), Doc (Karl Malden), and Sgt. Zelenko (Neville Brand), as well as raw recruits Coffman (Robert Wagner) and Cpl. Stuart Conroy (Richard Hylton). Anderson is skilled at subtly motivating the varied group of characters, while suffering himself from crushing headaches. The platoon attacks the island, taking losses on the heavily defended beach. When they try to take a strategic ridge, they're pinned down by rocket fire whose source is impossible to locate. In desperation, Anderson is ordered to take a hand-picked patrol behind enemy lines to bring back prisoners. After some painful losses, they finally return with prisoners. Despite occasional war movie cliches, this is a solid, exceptionally well acted effort, which gives full weight to the terrible human cost of war. The film is also notable for great

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 Directed by
Lewis Milestone
All Quiet on the Western Front, Ocean's Eleven, Mutiny on the Bounty
 Written by
Michael Blankfort
Tribute to a Bad Man
Richard Widmark
Murder on the Orient Express, Coma, Judgment at Nuremberg
Robert Wagner
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers in Goldmember
Karl Malden
On the Waterfront, Patton, A Streetcar Named Desire
Jack Palance
Batman, City Slickers, Young Guns
Reginald Gardiner
The Great Dictator, The Lodger, The Man Who Came to Dinner
Richard Hylton
The Pride of St. Louis
Richard Boone
The Shootist, The Hobbit, The Robe
 Music By
Sol Kaplan
Niagara, Titanic, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

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