Sands of Iwo Jima

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Sands of Iwo Jima ★★★½ 1949

Wayne earned his first Oscar nomi nation as a tough Marine sergeant, in one of his best roles. He trains a squad of re bellious recruits in New Zealand in 1943. Later they are responsible for the capture of Iwo Jima from the Japanese—one of the most difficult campaigns of the Pacific Theater. Includes striking real war footage. 109m/B VHS, DVD . John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, John Agar, Richard Jaeckel, Adele Mara, Wally Cassell, James Brown, Richard Webb, Arthur Franz, Julie Bishop, William Murphy, George Tyne, Hal Baylor, John McGuire, Martin Milner, William (Bill) Self, Peter Coe, I. Stanford Jolley, Col. D.M. Shoup, Lt. Col. H.P. Crowe, Capt. Harold G. Shrier, Rene A. Gagnon, Ira H. Hayes, John H. Bradley; D: Allan Dwan; W: Harry Brown, James Edward Grant; C: Reggie Lanning; M: Victor Young.