The Steel Helmet

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Time Out says

A characteristically hard-hitting war movie from Fuller, charting the fortunes of Gene Evans' Sergeant Zack, sole survivor of a PoW massacre in Korea. Saved by a Korean orphan and joining up with other GIs cut off from their units, Evans' cynical veteran embodies the writer-director's abiding thesis that, to survive the madness of war, a ruthless individualism is necessary. Fuller glamorises neither his loner protagonist nor the war itself: if he clearly supports the US presence in Korea, battle is still a chaotic, deadly affair, and nobody has much idea of why they fight. The action scenes are terrific, belying the movie's very low budget.
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UK release:

1950

Duration:

84 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Samuel Fuller

Cast:

Sid Melton, James Edwards, Steve Brodie, Richard Loo, Robert Hutton, Gene Evans, Richard Monahan

Music:

Paul Dunlap

Art Director:

Theobold Holsopple

Editor:

Philip Cahn

Cinematography:

Ernest Miller

Screenwriter:

Samuel Fuller

Producer:

Samuel Fuller

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