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51 Ratings

Sands of Iwo Jima

Directed by Allan Dwan
United States, 1949
War, Action, Drama


A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

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Sands of Iwo Jima Directed by Allan Dwan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1950 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Critics reviews

There are internal wars and interpersonal battles waged between many of his characters across many of [Dwan’s] films. Sands of Iwo Jima happens to locate these in one of the decisive events in world history, and is all the more affecting for it.
January 21, 2015
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A surprise, insofar as the tough-as-nails, by-the-book Sergeant is treated like a ‘troubled’ anti-hero, loaded down with vulnerability… Usual war stuff, talk of “those little lemon-coloured characters”, etc – but Dwan also seems to treat machismo differently from e.g. Walsh or Ford; he makes less of a production of it… and his men are startlingly upfront about their insecurities: “Honey, do you think I’m a brave man?”.
August 30, 2013
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