Sands of Iwo Jima

Sands of Iwo Jima

Allan Dwan (1949)

PG Certificate
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Our Score
In this well-made re-enactment of one of the most significant conflicts of the war in the Pacific, John Wayne leads his marines to hell and back and they love him for it, every bloodsoaked, heroic foot of the way. It was made on the cheap, often shows its age and is particularly anti-Japanese in its sensibilities. But it's still eminently watchable - propaganda aside - and the Duke nabbed his first Oscar nomination to boot. Apparently, Kirk Douglas was in line for the role of Sergeant Stryker, but, according to the film's producer, Wayne wanted the role so badly "he could taste it." If you believe Wayne's son, though, the Duke worried about the script and only relented when war veterans lobbied him to play the part.


A tough, embittered US marine sergeant sets out to mould a group of raw recruits into men fit for action against the Japanese in the Pacific during the Second World War. Although his training methods are often brutal, his controversial approach looks set to pay dividends when they finally see real combat. Adventure, starring John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara and Forrest Tucker.

Cast & Crew

Sgt Stryker John Wayne
Pte Peter Conway John Agar
Allison Bromley Adele Mara
Cpl Al Thomas Forrest Tucker
Pte Benny Ragazzi Wally Cassell
Pte Charlie Bass James Brown
Pte Shipley Richard Webb
Director Allan Dwan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD