The Outsider (1961)

108 mins | Biography | 1961

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writer:

Stewart Stern

Producer:

Sy Bartlett

Cinematographer:

Joseph La Shelle

Editor:

Marjorie Fowler

Production Designers:

Alexander Golitzen, Edward S. Haworth

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in San Diego; on the Pima-Maricpa Indian Reservation; at Camp Matthews; Soldier Field (Chicago); Camp Pendleton; in the San Fernando Valley; and at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Prerelease title: The Sixth Man . ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in San Diego; on the Pima-Maricpa Indian Reservation; at Camp Matthews; Soldier Field (Chicago); Camp Pendleton; in the San Fernando Valley; and at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Prerelease title: The Sixth Man . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Our Torture Execution of Marine Hero Ira Hayes" by William Bradford Huie in Cavalier (Dec 1958).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Sixth Man
Release Date:
1961
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 27 December 1961
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
21 December 1961
Copyright Number:
LP24331
Duration(in mins):
108
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In World War II, 17-year-old Ira Hamilton Hayes, a shy Pima Indian who has never set foot outside his tribal reservation in Arizona, enlists in the Marine Corps. Though most of his white companions either deride or ignore him, he strikes up a deep and lasting friendship with another marine, Jim Sorenson. In February of 1945 the two buddies are among the five marines who raise the U. S. flag on Mt. Suribachi during the bloody fighting at Iwo Jima. Shortly thereafter Sorenson is killed by enemy fire, and a stunned and heartbroken Ira is returned to the United States to take part in a war bond drive. Disturbed at being singled out as a national hero, and feeling unworthy of the role, the simple Indian turns to whisky for courage. His drinking becomes a scandal, and he is returned to his unit in disgrace. Following the war, anonymity eludes him as his tribal chief persuades him to go to Washington to seek funds for an irrigation project. There he begins drinking again and lands in jail. The dedication of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, inspires him to pull himself together, and he returns home to work on the reservation; but he is shattered when his people do not elect him to the tribal council. Sneaking away with a supply of liquor, he seeks refuge on a lonely mountainside. There he dies of exposure at the age of ... +


In World War II, 17-year-old Ira Hamilton Hayes, a shy Pima Indian who has never set foot outside his tribal reservation in Arizona, enlists in the Marine Corps. Though most of his white companions either deride or ignore him, he strikes up a deep and lasting friendship with another marine, Jim Sorenson. In February of 1945 the two buddies are among the five marines who raise the U. S. flag on Mt. Suribachi during the bloody fighting at Iwo Jima. Shortly thereafter Sorenson is killed by enemy fire, and a stunned and heartbroken Ira is returned to the United States to take part in a war bond drive. Disturbed at being singled out as a national hero, and feeling unworthy of the role, the simple Indian turns to whisky for courage. His drinking becomes a scandal, and he is returned to his unit in disgrace. Following the war, anonymity eludes him as his tribal chief persuades him to go to Washington to seek funds for an irrigation project. There he begins drinking again and lands in jail. The dedication of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, inspires him to pull himself together, and he returns home to work on the reservation; but he is shattered when his people do not elect him to the tribal council. Sneaking away with a supply of liquor, he seeks refuge on a lonely mountainside. There he dies of exposure at the age of 32. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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