Fixed Bayonets! (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fixed Bayonets! (1951)




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Set during the Korean War terrified lieutenant watches his superiors one by one drop dead.

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Richard Basehart
as Cpl. Denno
Gene Evans
as Sgt. Rock
Michael O'Shea
as Sgt. Lonergan
Craig Hill
as Lt. Gibbs
Tony Kent
as Mainotes
Don Orlando
as Borcellino
Mel Pogue
as Bulcheck
George Conrad
as Zablocki
David Wolfson
as Bigmouth
Buddy Thorpe
as Husky Doggie
Al Negbo
as Lean Doggie
Pat Hogan
as Jonesy
John Doucette
as 18th Infantry Colonel
Glenn Corbett
as Lieutenant
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Critic Reviews for Fixed Bayonets!

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Fixed Bayonets is a moving war drama and may well remain the best of the films about the Korean conflict.

August 7, 2019 | Full Review…

If the film has endured it's because of a few aspects particular to Fuller's career, which began not in film but in yellow journalism and pulp writing.

May 14, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Its probings into the night thoughts of warriors are fairly shallow stuff, but the battles are realistic and the all-male cast happily lacks the usual comedian from Brooklyn.

December 3, 2019 | Full Review…

It takes a while for Fixed Bayonets! to build steam, but the second half is a landmine field of devastating setpieces, punctuated with the threat of sudden, overwhelming and even self-inflicted violence.

July 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…


September 6, 2009 | Full Review…

The grunts 'talk the talk' and the action sequences are bloody good.

May 14, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fixed Bayonets!

yup sam fuller's war movies from the 50s are better than anyone else's war movies from the 50s

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Another great war movie from the amazing Sam Fuller. I am ADDICTED to his editing. SOOOOOO awesome.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Samuel Fuller once again takes on the Korean War (see also The Steel Helmet) in this hard hitting 1951 film. This is the story of an American army platoon left behind to protect a narrow mountain pass, buying time for their comrades to safely withdrawal. Fuller's style focuses on the inner turmoil of individual soldiers, emphasizing the toll that combat takes on reluctant heroes.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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