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Fixed Bayonets!

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Fixed Bayonets!

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
92 minutes
performer:
Richard Basehart
director:
Sam Fuller
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

Director Sam Fuller’s terse, black-and-white-in-every-sense Korean War tale centers on a small Army unit and its corporal (Richard Basehart), who proclaims ”I can take an order; I can’t give one.” A grimy tale set against blinding Korean snow, Fixed Bayonets! contrasts one of Fuller’s recurring themes — the testing of a man’s courage (see The Steel Helmet) — with lots of rowdy serviceman humor. Fuller’s in-their-face camera shots are great, his fierce battle scenes all the more impressive for being filmed in low-budget close-ups. EXTRAS None.