Approved | | Drama, War
The saga of a battalion of U.S. Marines during the Korean War, starting with their training, landing at Inchon in 1950, advance into North Korea and their subsequent retreat back to the 38th parallel.
When asked if they were retreating, Frank Lovejoy's character, Lt. Col Steve Corbett, says, "Retreat, hell! We're not retreating, we're just advancing in a different direction." This was actually said by Maj. Gen. O.P. Smith, who was Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
Lt. Col. Steve L. Corbett:
Retreat hell! We're not retreating, we're just advancing in a different direction.
Right after the Marines stop the huge communist attack near the end of the movie, Captain Hansen gets out of his foxhole to check on his men. Nearby are dozens of fallen enemy troops. If any of these soldiers were just wounded or pretending to be dead, they could easily have shot Hansen, since he was fully exposed to them. A real Marine officer would never have been this careless.