Countdown to 5K! – #27 – Halls of Montezuma (1951)

This is my 4952nd Review

Original Rating prediction – 7/10


“[giving tobacco to a Japanese prisoner who’s begging for some] Always treat a human being like a human being. You’ll be surprised what happens.” – Sgt. Randolph Johnson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – During the Battle of Okinawa, a platoon of marines must try and capture a rocket station as quickly as possible but the personal struggles of the soldiers helps each of them reflect on how they got there along with all that they have lost along the way.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before coming across it in my search for films for this series.

I have always been a fan of Richard Widmark’s work and that clinched it for me here.

This is a great (anti-) war film that shows the kind of toll both physical and psychological that soldiers much deal with while in the midst of war.

They do a wonderful job showing why the adage War is Hell is so true no matter the time or place.

The characters are developed quite well and we get a clear idea of who each of these men are and how they got to where they are.

We also constantly see how the continued fighting affects them on various levels especially when it comes to the loss of friends and compatriots during their “journey’ in the Pacific field of battle.

Widmark does a great job in the lead and we can easily feel the psychological effects that these battles have on him.

They deal quite well with the idea of brothers in arms and show how each and every small loss can be seen on a grander level than what it might actually seem like on the surface because of the camaraderie formed among men in the midst of battle.

The men all like to constantly complain about the kind of orders they are given from above but right or wrong, they still are completely committed to doing their duty when they are called upon to do so.

This film has a great patriotic aura around it that helps emphasize the reason why men like these fought and continue to fight for freedom around the globe.

Bottom Line – Interesting (anti-)war film that does a great job showing the adage that war is Hell.  They do a nice job developing these characters and they give us a clear idea of how and why they are there while at the same time, we see the various tolls that they must deal with based on the various losses over the time they are fighting in the Pacific.  Widmark is great in the lead and we are able to feel the psychological effects that the fighting has brought on him. The idea of brothers in arms is shown quite well also and we can see how every little loss is truly grander than it might seem on the surface.  As much as they complain about the way that they are given pointless orders from above, they are still committed enough to their duty to move forward when required to do so. Quite patriotic look at war. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – US Marine and Navy units participated in the filming of this movie and after their work was finished, they went to fight in Korea. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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One thought on “Countdown to 5K! – #27 – Halls of Montezuma (1951)

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