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Tony Curtis plays Ira Hayes, the Native American hero of Iwo Jima

Delbert Mann’s biopic of Ira Hayes shows its age by casting Tony Curtis - all darkened skin and exaggerated eyebrows - as the Native American who became a reluctant hero after raising the flag at Iwo Jima.

At least the dubious casting chimes with the theme of an intensely private man wrestling with stardom, as Curtis gamely reins in his usual cocky charisma to project an unsmiling intensity.

The bigger problem is that Mann is loathe to really interrogate the nature of heroism, as Clint Eastwood did in Flags Of Our Fathers.

By implying instead that Hayes’ troubles emanate from a character flaw, a dour sentimentality soon takes hold.

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