The Steel Helmet
The Steel Helmet (1951)

One of the greatest war films ever made, this film still retains considerable power when compared with today's more explicit offerings. Fuller regular Gene Evans plays a tough-as-nails sergeant who, because of his helmet, is the sole… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 21, 2007
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Derek Adams
Time Out

The action scenes are terrific, belying the movie's very low budget.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I'm not much for war films, but this is one of the best.

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Keith Uhlich
House Next Door

The Steel Helmet (1951) is a fever dream of the Korean War, entirely possessed of its own unique, inimitable rhythms.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

[Sam] Fuller's powerful direction turns a trite story into a vivid study of national and personal identity.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

The first American film about the Korean War [and] one of the greatest war films ever made.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Renegade director Sam Fuller created this hard boiled Korean War classic which seems like a Sgt. Rock comic come to life.

Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

As visceral as any movie ever made, this is also Fuller's portrait of the collapsing mind, a race into madness

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's cheap and nasty and honest and brutal; that is, a full-blooded Sam Fuller movie.

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Film4

More gutsy war drama from Fuller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Really great Korean War flick from Sam Fuller. Possibly the best Korean war movie ever, although I'd need to do some more research to be sure.
Randy Tippy
A crusty, war-weary infantry sergeant teams up with a Korean orphan boy and a rag-tag, disheveled group of American soldiers enroute to an abandoned Buddhist… More
Cindy I
Well-made film set during the Korean Conflict by Samuel Fuller. More character study than exciting battle film, and definiltely anti-war, as most war films… More
Chris Browning
Samuel Fuller was the rough rebel of Hollywood, but with "The Steel Helmet" in 1951 he achieved both success at the box office and critically. The… More
Stella Dallas
i didn't think a film like this was possible in 1950's john wayne america; an emotionally honest portrait of soldiers under fire made at the height of… More