Approved | | Drama, War
The story of a large U.S. Marines invasion task force bound for Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942.
Guadalcanal is situated in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Australia. Its local name is Isatabu and it contains the country's capital, Honiara. The island is humid and mostly made up of jungle with a surface area of 2,510 square miles or 6,500-km². Guadalcanal was named after Pedro de Ortega's home town Guadalcanal in Andalusia, Spain. de Ortega worked under Álvaro de Mendaña, who charted the island in 1568.
Cpl. Aloysius T. 'Taxi' Potts:
Pvt. Tex Mcllvoy: Yeah?
Cpl. Aloysius T. 'Taxi' Potts: Hot, ain't it?
Pvt. Tex Mcllvoy: Yeah. Hotter'n a Texas cattle call in August.
Gunnery Sgt. Hook Malone: So you think it's hot, do ya?
Cpl. Aloysius T. 'Taxi' Potts: Yeah.
Gunnery Sgt. Hook Malone: How'd you like a nice tall glass of ice cold beer?
Cpl. Aloysius T. 'Taxi' Potts: Beer! Strictly a middle class beverage. The last time I was back in Brooklyn, there was just...
In one scene, one of the actors has a Thompson sub-machine gun with a giant ring over the front sight like a sight guard. In real life they don't have sight guards.
The film's opening prologue in the preface of a book states: A new chapter in the history of America by a correspondent who landed on Guadalcanal with the first detachment of United States Marines.