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To Hell and Back (1955)

Approved | | Action, Biography, Drama | 1955 (UK)
The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.

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Johnson
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Brandon
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Kerrigan
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Lieutenant Manning
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Valentino
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Lieutenant Lee
Richard Castle ...
Kovak
Bruce Cowling ...
Captain Marks
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Colonel Howe
Art Aragon ...
Sanchez
Felix Noriego ...
Swope
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Thompson
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Saunders
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Maria
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True-life account of the military career of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in WWII. Native of Texas, he was placed in charge of his many younger siblings on the death of his mother and decided to join the military at the age of 18 to provide for them. His many acts of bravery and heroism during the US military advance through Italy, France and into Germany earn him increasing rank and responsibility as well as the respect of his comrades in arms. Eventually he receives two dozen of the highest medals the US and France can bestow, culminating in the awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The Exciting True-Life Story Of America's Most Decorated Hero


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L'enfer des hommes  »

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(35 mm optical prints) (Western Electric Recording)| (35 mm magnetic prints)

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Trivia

In the DVD commentary for First Blood (1982) author David Morell cites Audie Murphy as the inspiration for the character of John Rambo. In the final Rambo film (Rambo (2008)) he takes on hundreds of enemy soldiers with a .50-cal machine gun mounted on a vehicle, just as Audie Murphy does at the end of this film (and as he actually did during the battle). See more »

Goofs

When Kerrigan tells Audie Murphy "Come on, I got just the thing to do it!" His mouth never moves. See more »

Quotes

Kerrigan: [after a jumpy Murphy shoots at his own image in a mirror] Man, that's the first time I ever seen a Texan beat himself to the draw.
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Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
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A solid 1950's style WW2 movie.
26 January 1999 | by (Calgary, Canada) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie because I was interested in seeing the story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. The fact that this movie is based on Audie Murphy's autobiography, and that he stars as himself in the film, added to my interest. I didn't have high pre-expectations, so I was pleasantly surprised while watching this enjoyable film. To Hell and Back is a solid 1950's style WW2 movie, which focuses on the camaraderie of the foot soldier. It is neither pro nor anti-war, as it has a high body, but shows little of the bloodshed or true horror of war.


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