Fixed Bayonets!

Fixed Bayonets!

Samuel Fuller (1951)

PG Certificate


Our Score
War may be hell, but for writer/director Samuel Fuller it's also a character workout that can temper personalities for the worse or the better. In this familiar story of a lost platoon fighting a rearguard action in Korea, it is Richard Basehart who is fused by events into purposeful command. Although the film never reaches the poetic heights of Lewis Milestone's similar A Walk in the Sun, there's the same understanding that men in battle are really at war within themselves. It's a theme which makes up for a lot of phoney heroics in other flag-wavers.


An American army platoon on duty during the Korean war is left stranded in the mountains while covering their comrades' retreat. Among them is a timid corporal with no real experience of battle, who is soon forced into assuming command when all his superior officers are killed. Drama, starring Richard Basehart, Gene Evans and Michael O'Shea.

Cast & Crew

Cpl Denno Richard Basehart
Sgt Rock Gene Evans
Sgt Lonergan Michael O'Shea
John Wheeler Richard Hylton
Lt Gibbs Craig Hill
Whitey Skip Homeier
Bulcheck Mel Pogue
Walowicz Richard Monahan
Director Samuel Fuller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray