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Between Heaven and Hell (1956)

 -  Drama | War  -  5 December 1956 (Japan)
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The spoiled rich son of a wealthy Southerner is changed by his experiences in the Pacific during World War II.

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Sfc. Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford
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Jenny Gifford
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Capt. 'Waco' Grimes, CO Co.G
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Col. Cousins
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Mark Damon ...
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Morgan
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Pvt. Bernard "Bernie" Meleski (Co. G)
Skip Homeier ...
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Lt. Ray Mosby
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Tom Thumb Co.G
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Sam Gifford remembers : In prewar years he was an arrogant southern cotton plantation owner, married to the daughter of a colonel. At the beginning of the war he was mobilized with his National Guard unit as a sergeant. Came the day when, revolted by the cowardice of his lieutenant, who had fired at his own men, he hit him. Downgraded, he was sent to a disciplinary battalion. Sam now discovers his new detachment, his new commanding officer, just another cowardly brute, Captain Waco Grimes. While in combat, Sam will gradually become closer to the privates, working-class people he used to despise. He will become another man, a better man. Written by Guy Bellinger

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From the best-selling novel of young love in war! See more »

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The Day the Century Ended  »

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When studio Twentieth Century-Fox bought the rights to the Francis Gwaltney novel 'The Day the Century Ended', they contracted Twilight Zone (1959) television-playwright and Philippines war veteran Rod Serling to write the film script. In World War II, Serling was a member of the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division. However, Serling's draft script was too long and was rejected. Other writers were then assigned script duties. Serling does not receive a writer's billing in this film's credits and as such it is not known the extent to which his work ended up in the final shooting script. In an interview, Serling once told of his involvement on this movie: "My first screen job was at Fox on a war flick called 'Between Heaven and Hell'. I turned in a script that would have run for nine hours on the screen. As I recall, it was over five hundred pages. I didn't know what the hell I was doing. They just said ''ere'' fifteen hundred bucks a week --write!" So I wrote. They eventually took the thing away from me and handed it over to six other writers, but I lay claim to the fact that my version had some wonderful moments in it. In nine hours of script, by God, there has to be a couple of wonderful moments!" See more »

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The soldiers in this movie are wearing jump type boots. They should be wearing either combat boots or leggings. Jump type boots were not issued until well after WW II. See more »

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Among the Best War Movies
21 July 2006 | by (Pee Dee, SC) – See all my reviews

I have a large collection of war movies and consider this one to be among the best ever made. Many of the war movies have what I consider to be too many flashback scenes of home and try to become love stories with a few battle scenes. These scenes in Between Heaven and Hell actually have a real purpose in the story. More than any war movie that I have seen, this one shows a trend in American history that is often overlook—the fact that wars and the men who serve in them traditionally return home with a more egalitarian outlook, hungry to reform the society that they left. Between Heaven and Hell shows a man's transformation into a better person as a result of his war experiences. Sam Gifford is a man on the edge of breaking from the strain of war. He has experienced loss and hardship and realized that in the past he has been the unnecessary source of it for others. Between Heaven and Hell has a psychological realism that most war movies lack. It shows war heroes for what they are—men who rise above their ordinary selves to do extraordinary things in adversity. This is great story telling with great characters.


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