The Outsider (1961 film)
|The Outsider (1961 film)|
|Directed by||Delbert Mann|
|Produced by||Sy Bartlett|
|Written by||William Bradford Huie
|Music by||Leonard Rosenman|
|Editing by||Marjorie Fowler|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release dates||December 1961|
|Running time||108 minutes|
The Outsider is a 1961 biopic film about Ira Hayes, a Native American who fought in World War II in the United States Marine Corps and was one of the Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. The film stars Tony Curtis as Hayes. It was directed by Delbert Mann.
Sorenson, another soldier depicted, is a fictional composite of others who raised the flag.
Hayes is shunned by fellow soldiers or mocked as "Chief" by them except for one, Jim Sorenson. By chance they are two of the five U.S. servicemen who memorably hoist the American flag on Mt. Suribachi during the violent battle at Iwo Jima, after which Sorenson is killed by enemy fire.
A morose and traumatized Hayes returns home, where he is proclaimed a hero and recruited to help sell war bonds to the public. As his depression mounts, Hayes, feeling unworthy of the attention and publicity, takes refuge in whiskey.
His continued drunkenness becomes a public scandal. Hayes simply wishes to be left alone, but a tribal chief implores him to go to Washington, D.C., on his people's behalf to seek political support for an irrigation bill. Not until he visits an Iwo Jima memorial in Arlington, Virginia does he sober up and pull himself together.
Hayes returns to the reservation, but is deeply disappointed when the tribal council no longer seems to want anything to do with him. He begins drinking again and goes off into the hills, where he dies of exposure to the elements ten years after the Iwo Jima battle. He is 32.
- Tony Curtis as Ira Hayes
- James Franciscus as Jim Sorenson
- Gregory Walcott as Sgt. Kiley
- Bruce Bennett as Gen. Bridges
- Vivian Nathan as Nancy Hayes
- Edmund Hashim as Morago
- Paul Comi as Sgt. Boyle
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