Sands of Iwo Jima
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From director Allan Dwan, Sands of Iwo Jima is a drama set during the Second World War and follows John Stryker (John Wayne), a relentlessly tough Marine sergeant as he trains a squad of na´ve, rebellious recruits at a New Zealand military station in 1943. Recently left by his wife, Stryker has become exceedingly bitter and tough, leading his contemporaries to question his behavior and his men to dislike him for his harsh training methods. The wisdom of Stryker's ways, however, is demonstrated when they fight in the legendary battle of Iwo Jima. Using footage of real WWII battles, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"One of John Wayne's best performances, and an entertainment above average on its own."
‑ Steve Crum,
"A rip-snorting 1940s style war movie"
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"In one of his best roles, Wayne's Stryker is a sergeant disliked by his recruits due to his ruthless training and rigid code of ethics. The film established the two-generational plot as a Wayne staple, here contrasted with John Agar's "soft" soldier."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Tailor-made for John Wayne."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Solid patriotic WWII vehicle for Wayne."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"one of the better U.S. propaganda films of the 40s, filled with American ideals and values"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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