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      Halls of Montezuma

      Released Jan 4, 1951 1h 53m War List
      88% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 48% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Lieutenant Carl Anderson (Richard Widmark) is a former teacher who leads a band of Marines to an island under Japanese control during World War II, intending to capture enemy soldiers and gain information. When a Japanese soldier reveals a cave where his forces are willing to surrender, the Marines arrive there, only to be ambushed and suffer grave casualties. Now Anderson, having lost much of his original team, must summon up enough courage to attack an important rocket base. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Bob Thomas Associated Press Like many other war films, it is the story of a small fighting unit in action. But unlike most of the others, the characters are sharply defined and well-acted. Jul 30, 2019 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Lewis Milestone's direction is highly competent, and he has a fine cast, including Richard Widmark. Oct 24, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 17, 2005 Full Review Steve Crum Kansas City Kansan How can flag waving, the Marines, and Richard Widmark go wrong? Rated: 4/5 Jan 3, 2005 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Rated: 3/5 Aug 22, 2003 Full Review Scott Weinberg Apollo Guide Although the movie grinds down to a snail's pace on occasion, there's more than enough patriotic gunplay for a WWII buff to get behind. Rated: 68/100 Dec 17, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

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      dave j Lt Anderson (Richard Widmark) drafted to particapate in the war in Japan his main job is to locate where the missiles were located as they are being fired continiously through the rest of the entire movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Liam D It feels like most War Movies but it's entertaining as a movie that you don't mind Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/16/21 Full Review Audience Member Halls of Montezuma is one of the classic war films. Brilliantly acted and directed, this is a must see movie for War film enthusiasts. Director Lewis Milestone crafts a near flawless film that delivers effective thrills. I thought that the film had a well written script that elevated the film's plot. The action sequences were elaborate and exciting. This is a very good film to watch when you have nothing else better to watch, and it is a genre classic despite its flaws. The acting here is quite impressive, and considering that this was made in the 1950's, the film looks good and offers viewers a taste of the chaos of the Pacific Theatre of combat. I personally enjoyed the film and thought it was a among the best War film that I've seen. Halls of Montezuma is not the greatest war film ever made, but it is nonetheless a standout feature worth seeing. The cast itself are wonderful, and they elevate the film's prestige significantly. If you happen to catch this one on TV, by all means watch it. The film is entertaining from start to finish, and it is one of the earlier attempts to capture the chaos of the Second World War on film. If you love these types of films, then check this one out, it may be imperfect in some areas, but it is a picture that is directed by a director who knows how to bring an engaging story to the screen. Genre fans will surely enjoy the film like I did. Halls of Montezuma is an accomplished picture that stills holds up to this day. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Relax. It 's not video game. War is hell. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Halls of Montezuma is not a bad movie, It has the great thrilling war tactics and smart dialogue, it's a movie that maybe plays to safe, just a ordinary unoriginal war picture, but a good attempt. A bitter-sweet film, that somewhat satisfying from time to time. It doesn't offer us any new, except the confused Lt. Carl Anderson (Richard Widmark) who's very often takes painkillers before he goes into battle. Halls of Montezuma was directed by Lewis Milestone, the director who gave us the legendary war epic All Quiet on the Western Front disappoint in a gerne that he seems to be good in. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Distinctly average movie filled with cliched characters that walks a thin line between square-jawed heroics and war-weary endurance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Lieutenant Carl Anderson (Richard Widmark) is a former teacher who leads a band of Marines to an island under Japanese control during World War II, intending to capture enemy soldiers and gain information. When a Japanese soldier reveals a cave where his forces are willing to surrender, the Marines arrive there, only to be ambushed and suffer grave casualties. Now Anderson, having lost much of his original team, must summon up enough courage to attack an important rocket base.
      Director
      Lewis Milestone
      Producer
      Robert Bassler
      Screenwriter
      Michael Blankfort
      Production Co
      Twentieth Century Fox
      Genre
      War
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 4, 1951, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 11, 2010
      Runtime
      1h 53m
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