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James Dean Filmography / Fixed Bayonets (1951)

Directed by
Samuel Fuller

Writing credits
John Brophy (novel)
Samuel Fuller

Genre: Drama / War

Cast overview, first billed only:

Richard Basehart .... Cpl. Denno
Gene Evans .... Sgt. Rock
Michael O'Shea .... Sgt. Lonergan
Richard Hylton .... Wheeler
Craig Hill .... Lt. Gibbs
Skip Homeier .... Whitey
Henry Kulky .... Vogl
Richard Monahan .... Walowicz (as Richard Monohan)
Paul Richards .... Ramirez
Tony Kent .... Mainotes
Don Orlando .... Borcellino
Patrick Fitzgibbon .... Paddy
Neyle Morrow .... Medic
George Wesley .... Grif
Mel Pogue .... Bulcheck
James Dean .... GI (uncredited)
Stuart Randall .... Major-general at headquarters (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson .... Colonel at headquarters (uncredited)

Runtime: 92 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Sound Mix: Mono
Certification: Finland:K-16 / Sweden:15

Summary: Gritty American soldiers against Red Chinese offensive

An army platoon is charged with covering a withdrawal of the main body of American soldiers to elude the advance of Red troops during the Korean Conflict. The picture is a grim affair that emphasizes character and the emotional make-up of a soldier under stress during combat. Cpl. Denno [Richard Basehart] manages to rescue a wounded soldier from an area laden with hidden land mines and demonstrates his leadership qualities and mettle to his men...and to himself. Most of the movie concentrates on the platoon as represented by its cross-section of different American backgrounds as it hunkers down in a cave waiting out the enemy to see if they'll attack on foot or by tanks. There is very little sustained action until the last few moments in a picture that is very heroic but not entertaining.

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