Sands of Iwo Jima

Synopsis: After his wife takes their son and leaves him, Sgt. John Stryker is an embittered man who takes his misery out on the men under his command. They're a bunch of green recruits who have a hard time dealing with Stryker's tough drills and thicker skin. Even his old friends start to wonder if he's gone from being the epitome of a tough Marine Sergeant to a man over the edge.
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Allan Dwan
Production: Republic Pictures Home Video
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

This is the story of a squad of marines,

a rifle squad.

I'm Corporal Robert Dunne,

a member of that squad.

We were at Guadalcanal,

and when it was secure

we were pulled out for rest, refitting,

replacements and retraining.

The Marine Corps is long on training

and retraining...

Let that go.

After the canal, we were sent to

Camp Paekakariki in New Zealand.

Here we received our replacements,

marines from Stateside,

a long way from Stateside, 8,000 miles.

I can see you're a man

who knows how to live.

- Solid comfort.

- Solid malaria.

- Malaria, huh? Contagious?

- No, not this week. You can stay.

Nice place you got here.

Regazzi's my name, Benny Regazzi.

Bob Dunne. I'm duty NCO today.

Great. Meet my friends. This big guy

is "Handsome" Dan Shipley.

- Hi.

- What a physique!

The girls see him and faint. He comes

through this, I'll make him a movie star!

Those two guys, Flynns.

That's Eddie and that's Frank.

- Hi, Eddie.

- Hello, Bob.

They don't drink. I got their beer ration.

- And Georgie Hellenopolis, an Irishman.

- Hello, sport.

- Where did you get those cards?

- Off your sack on the ship. Why?

- They're mine, that's why.

- I've seen lots in those bags that aren't.

- Come on, give me.

- "Semper fi", Mac.

- Hey!

- Leave them. It happens 20 times a day.

You know where those guys come from?

Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love.

- By the way, who's the squad leader?

- Sergeant Stryker.

- What's he like?

- You'll find out.

I've been in New Zealand two hours

and already they're clamming up on me.

- I hope he knows his stuff.

- Maybe we'll get liberty.

- We ain't replacements any more.

- Where is he? Where's the sergeant?

He's here.

- Well, what do you know? Stryker.

- Hello, Thomas.

- Thought you were in the First.

- I was. Sit down.

Just sit down, Thomas, anywhere.

My name is Stryker,

Sergeant John M Stryker.

You're gonna be my squad, a rifle squad.

Three of us have seen action: Corporal

Dunne, Charlie Bass and myself.

You'll learn from us. In boot camp

you learned out of a book.

Here you gotta remember the book and

learn things that haven't been printed.

You gotta learn right and fast.

Any man that doesn't want to cooperate,

I'll make him wish he hadn't been born.

Before I'm through with you, you're

gonna move and think like one man.

If you don't, you'll be dead.

You guys have had a nice easy day.

I hope you enjoyed it because

it's the last one you'll get for a long time.

You joined the Marines to fight and

you'll get your chance. I'll show you how.

If I can't teach you one way, I'll teach you

another. But I'll get the job done.

The skipper of this outfit

is Captain Joyce.

Platoon leader is Lieutenant Baker.

Platoon sergeant is Sergeant Wright.

Any questions?

That's all.

10,000 sergeants in this corps

and I draw Stryker!

You knew this guy before?

Yeah. We were stationed

together in China.

Twice he kept me from promotion.

Turned me in once.

30 days I got.

He was a sergeant major then.

Must have done something to get busted

to three stripes.

What did he turn you in for?

For... That's not important!

What's important is that he turned me in!

Maybe he didn't write the manual, but

you can bet he can recite it backwards!

- It's probably tattooed on his chest.

- Front and back, Mac.

- Say, isn't your name Al Thomas?

- Yeah.

- Weren't you a fighter?

- Just in the Marines.

- Runner-up in the heavyweight division.

- Tell him who you were runner-up to.

Stryker. Lucky punch.

Meet your new manager.

Tell him why you lost your stripes.

My natural dislike for you is

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