"Richard Basehart stars as a Corporal who does not like the responsibilities of command. When the Chinese invade the Division must pull back across the river and set up new defence positions. A stay behind platoon is left on the opposite bank of the river to hold a critical pass. One by one the platoon's leaders are killed and it is up to Basehart to save the day. Excellent Korean War drama/action movie. On par with "Pork Chop Hill" and "One Minute To Zero". Also stars Gene Evans as the Sergeant and Skip Homier as a soldier. Highly recommend!"
A tale of the Korean War
Daniel Lee Taylor | GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas United States | 03/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a taut war movie from Samuel Fuller. A platoon is cut off from the rest of the outfit and has to try to work itself back. Richard Basehart plays the corporal who ends up in charge as men get killed off one by one. Look for James Dean as one of the soldiers."
Good solid Sam Fuller Movie
Dana R. Arbeit | Red Mountain, CA USA | 06/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A solid Sam Fuller directed movie with outstanding performances by Gene Evans and Richard Basehart. Classic Fuller with more dialogue than 'action'. Similar to his other Korean War movie "Steel Helmet" including the use of WWII Infantry packs in Korea which had been replaced by then. Overall, a good movie for a Saturday afternoon. Fuller was a veteran WWII Infantryman who showed us the grimness of the front-line soldier's world. It would make a great DVD set with "Steel Helmet". Throw in "Big Red One" and you would have the key Sam Fuller war movies."
Almost Suicidal Rearguard Action.
Maximiliano F Yofre | Buenos Aires, Argentina | 09/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Fixed Bayonets" (1951) is a very good war movie, directed by a specialist as Samuel Fuller, who also directed "The Steel Helmet" (1951) and the exceptionally good "The Big Red One" (1980). As a WWII veteran Fuller knows what war is and what really happens in front line small units. The present film IMHO, represents a new approach to war movies, stark reality is shown, not as realistic as in "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) or "Band of Brothers" (2001), but definitely more lifelike than "Guadalcanal Diary" or "Gung Ho" both from 1943.
The story is about a Company left to fight an almost suicidal rearguard action during Korea War. Being the main character a Corporal reluctant to assume leadership notwithstanding his personal courage and sense of duty. Playacting is really good with Richard Basehart as Cpl. Denno and Gene Evans as Sgt. Rock (performing Sergeants is a trademark for him) as the acting high points. If you are a movie fan try to discover Jimmy Dean in his first film appearance as an uncredited GI.
B&W photography enhances the film by accentuating the desolate winter landscape and martial music follows an old tradition for war movies.
It is a very commendable movie for all those interested in war films. Reviewed by Max Yofre. "
Would I Measure Up?
John Lopez Jr. | University Place, Washington United States | 04/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie had haunted me ever since I first saw it on Los Angeles TV when I was twelve years old. Being the son of a career soldier it was always expected that some day I would serve in the Army. I always wondered whether I would measure up and be able to lead men in combat.
In 1991 I found myself leading a team of American soldiers advising an army in a very deadly war against a communist insurgency. Leadership in combat is the ultimate challenge and when my tour ended, I felt no different then how Richard Basehart's character did at the end of this movie.
Though a bit dated, this movie is my all time favorite and definitely a keeper."