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Halls of Montezuma

Halls of Montezuma

Lewis Milestone (1950)

108min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This big-budget, ferociously patriotic 20th Century-Fox Second World War movie was directed by one of the all-time greats of the genre, Lewis Milestone, who was responsible for the original All Quiet on the Western Front, A Walk in the Sun and Pork Chop Hill. The action here isn't up to the standard of those classics, but the film is extremely enjoyable, thanks largely to an excellent cast - the cream of the Fox crop headed by Richard Widmark, and backed up by Jack Palance (still billed as Walter), a pre-Dragnet Jack Webb and Robert Wagner as the youngster of the outfit. Karl Malden and Richard Boone also bring some style to the expected stereotypes, and the Technicolor photography is quite outstanding. Incidentally, there's no unnecessary Hollywood romance in this one.

Summary

A US Marine unit fighting in the Pacific is ordered to capture Japanese troops so they can be interrogated for information about a new weapons base - but the mission proves even more difficult than expected. Second World War adventure, starring Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, Reginald Gardiner, Robert Wagner and Karl Malden.

Cast & Crew

Lt Anderson Richard Widmark
Pigeon Lane Jack Palance
Sgt Johnson Reginald Gardiner
Coffman Robert Wagner
Doc Karl Malden
Cpl Stuart Conroy Richard Hylton
Lt Col Gilfilan Richard Boone
Pretty Boy Skip Homeier
Lt Butterfield Don Hicks
Correspondent Dickerman Jack Webb
Slattery Bert Freed
Sergeant Zelenko Neville Brand
Private Whitney Martin Milner
Nomura Philip Ahn
Captain Makino Howard Chuman
Romeo Frank Kumagai
Captain McCreavy Fred Coby
Captain Seaman Paul Lees
Courier Jack Lee (1)
Director Lewis Milestone
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD

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