The famous news photograph of the men who raised the flag on Mount Suribachi after the bloody fight at Iwo Jima comes to life in this earnest but flawed attempt at telling the story of one of the battle survivors. It's almost like two films in one, as the first half is rapid, and the second
half bogs down in the muddled relationship between the two men who are at the core of the story. Curtis was miscast in the film, something that wasn't the case when Lee Marvin did it in a totally different script (by Merle Miller) for a TV show a year before. It's the height of WW II, and teenage
Curtis, a Pima Indian living his entire life on an Arizona reservation, decides to ...