The Steel Helmet
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Writer and director Samuel Fuller enjoyed his first box-office and critical success with this hard-boiled but human tale of men at war, informed by his own experiences in the armed forces. Zack (Gene Evans) is a gruff U.S. Army sergeant who is the lone survivor of an attack on his outfit in North Korea. Rescued by a friendly Korean orphan he dubs Short Round (William Chun), Zack tries to make his way back to friendly territory with the boy as his guide. Zack crosses paths with Thompson (James Edwards), an African-American medic who like Zack narrowly escaped death after an enemy attack, and as… More

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"The action scenes are terrific, belying the movie's very low budget."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"I'm not much for war films, but this is one of the best."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The Steel Helmet (1951) is a fever dream of the Korean War, entirely possessed of its own unique, inimitable rhythms."
‑ Keith Uhlich, House Next Door
"This low-budget film from Lippert Studios is probably the best film they ever made."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[Sam] Fuller's powerful direction turns a trite story into a vivid study of national and personal identity."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The first American film about the Korean War [and] one of the greatest war films ever made."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Renegade director Sam Fuller created this hard boiled Korean War classic which seems like a Sgt. Rock comic come to life."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"As visceral as any movie ever made, this is also Fuller's portrait of the collapsing mind, a race into madness"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's cheap and nasty and honest and brutal; that is, a full-blooded Sam Fuller movie."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"More gutsy war drama from Fuller."
‑ , Film4
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