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The Steel Helmet


Samuel Fuller

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About the Movie

The Steel Helmet marked Samuel Fuller’s official arrival as a mighty cinematic force. Despite its relatively low budget, this portrait of Korean War soldiers dealing with moral and racial identity crises remains one of the director’s most gripping, realistic depictions of the blood and guts of war, as well as a reflection of Fuller’s irreducible social conscience. So controversial were the film’s comments on domestic and war crimes (American bigotry, the Japanese-American WWII internment camps) that Fuller became the target of an FBI investigation.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [Sam] Fuller's powerful direction turns a trite story into a vivid study of national and personal identity. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The action scenes are terrific, belying the movie's very low budget. – Derek Adams, Time Out, Jan 11, 2008

Fresh: More gutsy war drama from Fuller. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Low budget Korean War film that hits all the social issues of the time without over doing it.

Holds up

Kept me interested. Well written grim war tale.

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The Steel Helmet
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1951

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