Halls of Montezuma

Halls of Montezuma

Director: Lewis Milestone

Cast: Lewis Milestone, Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, Robert Wagner

     
 

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In Halls of Montezuma, Richard Widmark stars as Lt. Carl Anderson, a former schoolteacher who serves as a no-nonsense Marine officer during WW II. Anderson leads his patrol to a Japanese-controlled island, where the enemy has set up an experimental rocket base. The patrol's mission is to capture prisoners for interrogation, which proves a near-insurmountableSee more details below

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In Halls of Montezuma, Richard Widmark stars as Lt. Carl Anderson, a former schoolteacher who serves as a no-nonsense Marine officer during WW II. Anderson leads his patrol to a Japanese-controlled island, where the enemy has set up an experimental rocket base. The patrol's mission is to capture prisoners for interrogation, which proves a near-insurmountable task given the fact that the Americans are heavily outnumbered. Among the grime-covered Marines are Walter (Jack) Palance, Robert Wagner, Karl Malden, Richard Boone, Skip Homeier and Neville Brand. Jack Webb is a chain-smoking war correspondent, while Reginald Gardiner shows up as an aristocratic--but very tough--British officer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Halls of Montezuma is a cracking good war film. A tribute to the bravery of those who fight the battles on the ground and in the most dangerous of circumstances, Halls is also notable for not being as gung-ho about war as some other similar films from the period are. While there's never any doubt as to the rightness of the cause for which these men are fighting, it isn't all about glory; there's doubt, fear, despair and melancholy to be found among these men. And while the film abounds in period racial epithets, there's even some willingness to admit that the enemy is human as well. Halls has its flaws, including some clichés among its cast of characters and some dialogue that tries far too hard. But Lewis Milestone's muscular yet affecting direction helps pave over the smooth spots, and the battle sequences he and cinematographers Winton Hoch and Harry Jackson concoct are enormously effective. Richard Widmark is aces as the leader with a secret, and everyone else from Jack Palance and Karl Malden to Robert Wagner and Richard Boone turn in solid performances; even Jack Webb is livelier and less wooden than usual. All in all, an exciting film for fans of war movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0024543029854
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox

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Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Lt. Carl Anderson
Jack Palance Pidgeon Lane
Robert Wagner Coffman
Karl Malden Doc
Jack Webb Correspondent Dickerman
Reginald Gardiner Sgt. Johnson
Richard Hylton Cpl. Stuart Conroy
Richard Boone Lt. Col. Gilfilan
Skip Homeier Pretty Boy
Don Hicks Lt. Butterfield
Bert Freed Slattery
Neville Brand Sgt. Zelenko
Marion Marshall Nurse
Martin Milner Private Whitney
Philip Ahn Nomura
Howard Chuman Capt. Makino
Frank Kumagai Romeo
Fred Coby Capt. McCreavy
Paul Lees Capt. Seaman
Fred Dale Pharmacist's Mate
Chris Drake Frank
George Conrad Corpsman
Harry McKim Radio Man
Bob McLean Marine Guard
William H. Hawes Paskowicz
Roger McGee Davis
Clarke Stevens Recruit
Helen Hatch Aunt Emma
Michael Road Ship's Captain
Richard Allan Pvt. Stewart
Harry Carter Boatswain's Mate
Rollin Moriyama Fukado
Jack Lee Courier

Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director
Robert Bassler Producer
Michael Blankfort Screenwriter
Winton Hoch Cinematographer
Albert Hogsett Art Director
Harry Jackson Cinematographer
Sol Kaplan Score Composer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Bruce MacDonald Set Decoration/Design
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
William H. Reynolds Editor
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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