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The Steel Helmet

(DVD - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Steel Helmet
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Despite its relatively low budget, this portrait of Korean War soldiers grappling with moral and racial issues while trying to stay alive remains one of the director's most gripping, realistic depictions of the blood and guts of war, as well as a reflection of Fuller's social conscience.

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Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, 2007
ISBN: 1934121770
9781934121771
1934121800
9781934121801
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE S
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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1951. Korean War.


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Nov 17, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It is a war film directed by Samuel Fuller.
Fuller's direction turns a trite story into a vivid and exciting movie, the action scenes of which are terrific, belying the movie's very low budget.
To survive the madness of war, you're supposed to have a ruthless individualism.
Battle is a chaotic, deadly affair, and nobody in the film has much idea of why they fight.
The film touches American racism when a North Korean Communist prisoner baits a black soldier in conversation with accounts of American society's Jim Crow rules.
The North Korean soldier also makes the first-ever mention, in a Hollywood film, of the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II.
The ending clearly says, "There is no end to this story."
Indeed, this film was made during the Korean war.

Oct 03, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you liked this classic as much as I do,.. then be sure check out 'A Walk in the Sun' and 'The Young Lions', which are also very good war movies (but set in WW2).

Oct 02, 2014
  • AladarNyc rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This is a gritty and realistic war movie. It doesn't shy away from the horrors and waste of war; especially the Korean War. The Sgt. character was played especially well.

Jun 16, 2014
  • Isley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Early Fuller war film full of the usual ballsy direction that is better than The Iron Cross but not as good as The Big Red One. The racial elements, while intriguing and not too overbearing, end up feeling a little tacked on.

Samuel Fuller had a way to show how war effects the typical soldier without the Hollywood blood and guts of today. He shows how combat can change someone's view on life, their fellow soldiers and the people of the country they are in, in a very short time. This is my second favorite Fuller film just after The Big Red One. He even mentions the 1/16th again in this movie.

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