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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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According to this film, Audie Murphy fought in seven major campaigns during World War II and received the Bronze Star Medal and the same again with a Bronze Service arrowhead, three Purple Heart medals, the Legion of Merit, two Silver Star Medals, a Distinguished Service Cross; from France, two Croix de Guerre medals with Palms and the Legion of Honour Chevalier. On the 9th of August 1945, just after his nineteenth birthday, Murphy was awarded the US Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest honour that a soldier can be awarded. See more »

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When Audie Murphy is in Italy and the young boy shines his shoes, Murphy gives the boy a chocolate bar and the boy replies "Gracias", which is Spanish. The Italian is "Grazie". See more »

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"To Hell and Back" one of the best war movies ever made !
11 July 2004 | by (Plymouth Meeting, PA) – See all my reviews

In my opinion 'To Hell and Back' is one of the best war movie ever made, (right next to 'Saving Private Ryan') because it was about a true story of a kid from Texas with a run-a-way Father and a dead Mother, wanted to do something for the war effort but was turned down by every other service except the Army, and the Army had second thoughts. What makes this movie very special is the fact that the most ever to date decorated US soldier (two dozen of the highest medals) and a Congressional Medal of Honor receiver, not only lived through the war, but in fact played himself ! after being talked into it, seems he didn't want to play himself, he thought it would degrade the Medal of Honor.

I watched a run of this movie on the History Channel, it was a show called, is it 'History or Hollywood' where by at the end of the show 3 Historians discuss a movie for Historic correctness, every one said if anything this movie was under stated of what Audie Murphy truly did in Europe during WWII, one said it was down played because of Audie Murphy himself, because his Army recorded as witness by others has him doing lots more, but that was the personality of Audie Murphy, imagine watching a movie were the battle's and the deeds are true, they called out a seen where Audie's best friend gets shot, he really did go ballistic charging at the German machine gun nest that killed him, picks up a German Machine gun then proceeds to take out 2 or 3 more gun sites, by using the German gun it didn't give a warning to the Germans, he saved countless American lives coming up that mountain, a brilliant movie.

My only wish is for this movie to come out on DVD, please release 'To Hell and Back' on DVD !


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