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- IMPORT FROM KOREA - LANGUAGE: ENGLISH - SUBTITLES: ENGLISH, KOREAN, or NONE - NTSC REGION FREE - FULL SCREEN - BLACK & WHITE - After his wife takes their son and leaves him, Sgt. John Stryker is an embittered man who takes his misery out on the men under his command. They're a bunch of green recruits who have a hard time dealing with Stryker's tough drills and thicker skin. Even his old friends start to wonder if he's gone from being the epitome of the tough Marine drill instructor to a man over the edge.

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  • Actors: John Wayne, John Agar, Forrest Tucker
  • Directors: Allan Dwan
  • Format: NTSC, Full Screen, Black & White, Import, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DY1VIO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Roman on September 29, 2013
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This film is not difficult to review, nor is the story complicated to express an opinion for the message remains clear and certainly not without its overall importance well beyond entertainment. "Sands of Iwo Jima" became a view of history from the commentary of several who remember those early days of 1945. Every day we lose another survivor of that battle and a film of this importance can act only as a reminder that the footprints of those who served, died or survived assured us all that we are a part of this world due to their relentless service not only to a country but to a world.

Iwo Jima took the lives of many men on both sides of the conflict in the Pacific. A few names immediately come to mind beyond the many whose lives were either ended or forever changed during this horrific battle. Sgt. Mike Strank (whom they called "Pappy" because he was the oldest, born in Jarbino, Czechoslovakia November 10th (curiously the anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps( 1919, and died on March 1st 1945 never realizing the impact of the flag raising had on the balance of the war and the millions at home. Marine private Franklin Sousley, Cpl. Harlon Block, made up three of the six who raised the U.S. flag atop Mt. Suribachi, and three of the six who died on that rock pile in the Ryuku Island chain. The survivors, Navy Corpsman (recipient of the Navy Cross)John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, PFC Ira Hayes, all now a part of history, told many times the story of the flag raising but what was always more important was the reminder of that day and the men who fought and died there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald C Nelson on October 18, 2013
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This import is great. clean and no snow on video. Well done. This is a great movie for the collector.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on March 8, 2014
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The Sands of Iwo Jima, 1947 film

This film had the three surviving flag raisers: Pfc. Rene A. Gagnon, Pfc. Ira H. Hayes, PM3C John H. Bradley. This film was dedicated to the USMC, who aided in its production. The screenplay was written by Harry Brown, the author of "A Walk in the Sun", and has some of the actors from that earlier film. It begins after the Battle of Guadalcanal. The men are sent to New Zealand to rest, retrain, and get more replacements. Sgt. John M. Stryker is the squad leader. He will learn the men what isn't in the books; their lives will depend on this. Sgt. Stryker leads the men in their drills and exercises. One soldier, Conway, joined for the family tradition. Stryker drives his men hard, they need training. He also has a family problem. The men have liberty in Wellington.

Stryker advises Conway against a long-term commitment. Stryker uses a novel training technique for bayonet drill [comic relief?]. Then the men get sent to their target: Tarawa. Stryker warns them of a difficult combat, no matter what the Navy guns and fliers have done. Actual scenes from combat are used. There are realistic combat scenes. Lives are spent to destroy enemy machine gun nests and take their objective. A few men are pinned down and short of ammunition. One returns for bandoliers, but tarries for a cup of coffee. The delay costs lives. "What kept you?" The marines must hold their position in spite of reduced strength. Tarawa was secured after four days of battle. The survivors leave the island for retraining in Hawaii. When mistakes are made, men die needlessly.

Sgt. Stryker learns about civilian life in Honolulu. Civilians also have a hard life. The unit has been trained and tested in battle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James M. Russell on May 19, 2014
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Well, I love 'Sands of Iwo Jima" because it is written, directed, and acted well. The biggest reason is "THe Duke". You know, I have never in my life, to my memory, met any person, in the United States of America, who does not like, John Wayne. We will always love his films, and the way he acted in them. There is only one John Wayne, and this is one of the best films, he ever did. So long, Sergeant Stryker. J. Russell
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Wright on February 20, 2014
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Love John Wayne movies and this was priced right these are classic films with good story lines. would highly recommend
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendi on January 18, 2014
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Couldn't find reasonably priced DVD until this version. Excellent quality, no problem selecting English version. Required watching on 10 November.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Marquise Jr. on June 25, 2014
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John Wayne takes over a squad of Marine recruits, trains them and leads them in battle. Of course, the problems Wsyne has training the recruits are explored in detail, as well as the squads first combat takeing a island from the Japs. The grand finale is the battle of Iwo Jima. There is plenty of action and this movie was very popular when first seen. The Duke was nominated for an Oscar for this movie, his only nomination until True Grit. In truth, Wayne does a far better acting job in She Wore A Yellow Ribbon than he did in Sands of Iwo Jima. This is a standard WWII film from this era of Hollywood. If you like this type of movie, you will like this movie.
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The story line is typical for a John Wayne war movie. Hard nosed and everyone hates him. In the end the finally realize that he was a great person. Just doing his job. This movie itself is a little hard to find. I bought this without realizing that it was an imported movie. Don't get me wrong, I would have bought it anyway. It's just that it surprised me after I received it. The movie is a really clean copy and the sound track is great. It's just that it comes up with Korean subtitles. You have to turn subtitles off. Like I said though, I would have bought it anyway. If you like John Wayne and you don't have this in your library. Get it. You won't be disappointed.
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