Do you have a favorite John Wayne movie? What about a favorite John Wayne quote? If you’re like us, Sands of Iwo Jima fills both of those spots.
There is no question about it — John Wayne is one of the most iconic actors to ever set foot on the set of a movie. Often referred to as The Duke, Wayne had many starring roles during his Hollywood heyday. However, fans of classic television and film know that he particularly shined in Western and war movies.
One of those films specifically, Sands of Iwo Jima, depicted the hard-fought U.S. victory over the Japanese at the Battle of Iwo Jima. That took place back in February of 1945. The iconic movie centers on a squad of United States Marines during the war. The young men are being led by their sergeant, John M. Stryker (played by John Wayne).
In the movie, Sgt. Stryker is a rough disciplinarian who pushes his men to their limits. And initially, he is despised for being such a tough leader. Two of his biggest points of emphasis during training were obedience and discipline.
Meanwhile, the official Instagram account of the John Wayne Estate shared a throwback to the fan-favorite movie.
“You gotta learn right and you gotta learn fast,” Wayne once said. “And any man that doesn’t want to cooperate, I’ll make him wish he had never been born.”
It should come as no surprise that Western movie fans filled up the comments section of the John Wayne Estate’s latest post. Sands of Iwo Jima was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (John Wayne), Best Film Editing, Best Sound Recording, Best Writing, and Best Motion Picture Story.
“‘Sands of Iwo Jima'” one fan quickly replied. “Great movie.”
“John Wayne as Sgt. Stryker. Excellent movie!” another chimed in.
“That was one of two movies we got to watch during boot camp Parris Island,” a fellow user commented.
John Wayne Watched All of His Own Movies
Many fans have wondered at one point or another if John Wayne watched his own movies. After all, it is a common theme for some of the world’s top actors to not want to watch. Some of today’s biggest stars like Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro don’t like watching their own films.
But Wayne believed it was in his best professional interest to do so. He told a live audience during a 1976 interview with Phil Donahue that not only did he watch his movies, he actually enjoyed doing so.
“Do you watch all of your movies?” a fan asked The Duke. “And if you do, do you enjoy them? A lot of stars say they don’t watch them.”
“Well, I have seen all of the pictures that I’ve made,” Wayne replied. “And I think professionally, it would be kind of ridiculous for me not to see them.”