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His films have been called raw, outrageous, sensational, and daring. In four decades of directing, Samuel Fuller created a legendarily idiosyncratic oeuvre, examining U.S. history and mythmaking in westerns, film noirs, and war epics. And characteristically, it all began with a bang: after printing the legend with the elegant B-pictures I Shot Jesse James and The Baron of Arizona, he got himself into hot water with the FBI on The Steel Helmet, the first American movie to portray the Korean War. These three independent films showed off Fullers genre diversity, gutter wit, and subversive force, and pointed the way to a controversial career in studio moviemaking.
I Shot Jesse James
Fuller's directorial debut is a psychological western, excavating, with pathos and humor, the tale of Robert Ford, the member of Jesse James's gang who shot the famed outlaw in the back.
The Baron of Arizona A devilishly witty Vincent Price plays a nineteenth-century con man who sets out to commit the most epic swindle in U.S. history: to claim himself as the rightful inheritor of Arizona.
The Steel Helmet With its low budget and high ambitions, Fuller's snarling Korean War film, an examination of race relations as well as a visceral plunge into battle, remains one of the director's most discussed and admired works.
Technically, there's no need for this review. This is fairly rare Sam Fuller, nobody would dig this deep into the catalog without a notion of what things are like. Read morePublished 19 days ago by CT
Criterion compiles a collection of the most intriguing and artistically and creatively inclined films in cinema history from the most well renowned to the most obscure. Read morePublished 29 days ago by R. DelParto
This is not a war movie as much as it is a movie depicting the promise of opportunity for all people in America.Published 1 month ago by Eric Paul Robertson
A gritty, realistic film, produced during the Korean War. Considered "unpatriotic" by some at the time, it was criticized by the Pentagon for its depiction of a captured North... Read morePublished 4 months ago by TLR
Brilliant portrayal of the U.S. Army during the Korean war.Published 5 months ago by David G Boston sr
I think this was one of the greatest movies ever made about the Korean War everybody should see thisPublished 7 months ago by kenny ''T''
Although as I kind I liked this film, two later viewings and I could not get halfway through the film. Short on everything,poor Direction, really poor script, etc. etc. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Alan K. Sumrall