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To Hell and Back (1955)

Approved  |   |  Action, Biography, Drama  |  18 October 1955 (Japan)
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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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Charles Drake ...
Brandon
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Kerrigan
Gregg Palmer ...
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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18 October 1955 (Japan)  »

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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

The movie is said to be responsible for popularizing the term "Dogface" in popular culture. Dogface is the term used for describing foot soldiers of the US Army Infantry, frequently in respect of World War II. Also, this movie features a song entitled, "The Dogface Soldier". See more »

Goofs

All the Germans in the film are wearing WWI helmets rather than the proper M42 worn in WWII. 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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A movie given a great boost by Life magazine
7 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quite often I see a movie then seek out the book but when I came to the US from Canada when I was 13 the first purchase I made was the paperback version of "To Hell and Back" ($0.35). Of course Audie Murphy is perfectly cast and gives a performance far superior to any of his subsequent movie roles. The others, notably Marshall Thompson, Jack Kelly, David Janssen and Art Aragon give satisfying performances. In many ways this was the "Saving Private Ryan" of its time for its "realistic" portrayal of the foot soldier in WW 2. Life magazine boosted the audience for this film when it put Murphy on the cover and emphasized that the story was true. I think that it works because Murphy doesn't look like the typical movie hero. The book is once again available in a new larger page-size paperback.


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