Fixed Bayonets

Director: Samuel Fuller
Screenwriters: John Brophy, Samuel Fuller

Institute History

  • 1988 Sundance Film Festival


Shot entirely in the studio, this follow-up to The Steel Helmet is the story of an American Division in Korea, pulled out of the front line because of a lack of supplies and ammunition, leaving a platoon behind to fight a suicidal rear guard action. Fuller hates war films with a message, preferring to make his point by presenting individuals under stress, facing sudden death.”
—Kingsley Canham

You can’t show war as it really is on the screen, with all the blood and the gore. Perhaps it would be better if you could fire real shots over the audience’s head every night, you know, and have actual casualties in the theatre. War is the oldest profession, not whoring. The reaction I would like from an audience is: “Only an idiot would go to war.” In war men become animals.”
—Samuel Fuller

— Kingsley Canham

Screening Details

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