Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
This is an uneven melodrama on the tragic life of Pima Indian Ira Hayes, one of the men who raised the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima. The story picks up with Hayes (Tony Curtis) leaving his reservation in Arizona to join the Marines, enter boot camp, and start to adapt to the life of a Marine. Hayes becomes good friends with Sorenson (James Franciscus), and it is this friendship that sustains him in a white man's world. But as time goes by and the moment immortalized on Iwo Jima ends, Hayes goes into a decline, being unconvinced there was any heroism involved in his actions during the war and never being able to adjust to civilian life. At this point in time, no one recognized the afflictions common to all soldiers after long years in battle, and the death of Sorenson is blamed for Hayes' downfall.
adjustment, America, battle [war], bonding [relationship], boot-camp [military], civilian, conflict, courage, death, fame, friendship, help, Indian (Native-American)-reservation, Japan, life, Marines, mountains, Native-American, press, representative [agent], soldier, survivor, tribe, unit, war, whiskey, camp, camping