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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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Lieutenant Manning
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Valentino
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Lieutenant Lee
Richard Castle ...
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Captain Marks
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Colonel Howe
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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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According to this film, Audie Murphy fought in seven major campaigns during World War II and received the Bronze Star (and later a Bronze Service arrowhead added to it), three Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit, two Silver Stars and a Distinguished Service Cross; from France he was awarded two Croix de Guerre medals with Palms and the Legion of Honour Chevalier. On August 9, 1945--just after his 19th birthday-- he was awarded the US Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest honor that a soldier can be awarded. See more »

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When Audie Murphy reports to his unit, he is carrying a duffel bag. When he hands his orders to the 1SG, he has a blue laundry bag as well. With the next shot, he is carrying only the duffel bag. See more »

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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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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 3 July 1955 (1955) See more »

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An incredible story
30 August 2000 | by (Austin, Tx) – See all my reviews

It's a shame that more people haven't seen this movie in recent years. As much as Saving Private Ryan introduced a new generation to horrors and heroism of World War II, "To Hell and Back" introduces you to one of the men who lived through it. It doesn't attempt to glorify the War, it simply relates what happened to America's most decorated soldier based on his own story and actually staring him. While it's amazing that the baby faced Murphy still looks young enough in 1955 for the story to work 15 years after the fact, the truly amazing thing is that from most accounts, Murphy understates his own role in many of the events described in the movie. The final war scene for instance shows him holding off an entire German regiment using artilery and the machine gun of a burning tank. The fact is that he held that ground alone for well over an hour before the germans finally gave up. All the while the tank was burning and could have exploded at any time. Like many great soldiers, however, he had trouble adjusting to life after the war even with a semi-successful acting career aided by James Cagney after the war. Still, it's men like this, who risked and often gave their lives on the fields of Europe and Africa and in the waters and islands of the pacific, that we have to thank for the Freedoms we enjoy in the United States today. Too often we forget this.


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