Flying Leathernecks

TitleFlying Leathernecks
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1951
AuthorsRay, Nicholas
Running Time1h 42min
Date Released08/28/1951
DistributorRKO Radio Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

Flying Leathernecks is a 1951 Technicolor action war film directed by Nicholas Ray The movie details the exploits and personal battles of United States Marine Corps aviators from the Battle of Guadalcanal to the Battle of Okinawa during World War II. Marines have long had the nickname "leatherneck", hence the title. As the new commanding officer of a squadron of Marine pilots, Maj. Daniel Kirby (John Wayne), a stern and strict leader, cannot believe the lack of discipline exhibited by the soldiers. As the men resist Kirby's harsh adherence to orders, Capt. Carl Griffin (Robert Ryan) leads their cause for a more relaxed environment. But by pushing his men beyond their limits, Kirby slowly transforms them into battle-ready warriors, forcing all of them to make sacrifices along the way.

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