SANDS OF IWO JIMA

(1949)
With John Wayne, John Agar, Forrest Tucker, Adele Mara, Arthur Franz
Directed by Allan Dwan
Black and White
Review by JL

      One of the most popular war pictures ever made, SANDS OF IWO JIMA stars John Wayne as a tough Marine vet trying to whip a gang of young'uns into combat shape.  The film is notable for its effective use of real combat footage, its powerful surprise ending, and a lengthy nail-biter of a scene in which Wayne and his men must decide whether or not the distant cries of a wounded soldier are a trap by the enemy to lure them out of hiding.  Wayne is solid as ever in his first Oscar-nominated performance -- although most critics, as well as the Duke himself, thought his best performance of 1949 was in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON.   - JL

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