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Director:
Writers:
Harry Brown (screenplay)
Francis Gwaltney (novel)
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Release Date:
5 December 1956 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE FIERCE FIGHTING FLAMING FURY OF THE SOUTH'S FINEST...THE DIXIE DAREDEVILS WHO BECAME THE HELL-FIGHTERS OF THE PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
The spoiled rich son of a wealthy Southerner is changed by his experiences in the Pacific during World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
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BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL (Richard Fleischer, 1956) **1/2 See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Wagner ... Sfc. Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford

Terry Moore ... Jenny Gifford

Broderick Crawford ... Capt. 'Waco' Grimes, CO Co.G

Buddy Ebsen ... Pvt. Willie Crawford
Robert Keith ... Col. Cousins

Brad Dexter ... Lt. Joe 'Little Joe' Johnson
Mark Damon ... Pvt. Terry Co. G

Ken Clark ... Morgan

Harvey Lembeck ... Pvt. Bernard "Bernie" Meleski (Co. G)
Skip Homeier ... Pvt. Swanson Co.G

L.Q. Jones ... Pvt. Kenny Co.G
Tod Andrews ... Lt. Ray Mosby

Biff Elliot ... Tom Thumb Co.G
Bart Burns ... Pvt. Raker Co.G
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ilene Brown ... The Rakers' Younger Daughter (uncredited)

Scatman Crothers ... George (uncredited)

Sam Edwards ... Soames (uncredited)
Darlene Fields ... Mrs. Raker (uncredited)
Frank Gerstle ... Col. Miles (uncredited)

Frank Gorshin ... Pvt. Millard Co.G (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Sellers (uncredited)
Ray Montgomery ... Medic (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Japanese Sergeant (uncredited)

Scotty Morrow ... Roy Raker (uncredited)
Pixie Parkhurst ... The Rakers' Elder Daughter (uncredited)
Tom Pittman ... Replacement (uncredited)
Bill Stevens ... Corporal (uncredited)

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Savage (uncredited)
Dick Walsh ... Stockade Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Harry Brown (screenplay)

Francis Gwaltney (novel)

Produced by
David Weisbart .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
 
Cinematography by
Leo Tover (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
James B. Clark 
 
Art Direction by
Addison Hehr 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott 
Charles Vassar 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Wills 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Hough .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Anderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Orven Schanzer .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Frank Comstock .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Skip Martin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gust E. Olson .... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. Gust E. Olson U.S.A)
 
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Runtime:
94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (certificate #18043) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Trivia:
The novel by Francis Gwaltney of which this film is based, 'The Day the Century Ended', provided the working title for this movie.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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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11 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL (Richard Fleischer, 1956) **1/2, 8 April 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

I rented this on DVD in honor of director Fleischer's passing a week ago. While it's not among the best of its kind, this underrated war flick is quite well done in most respects - notably the cinematography, in color and Cinemascope, by Leo Tover. Still, with a title like that - as well as its flashback structure and the inspired use of "Dies Irae" on the soundtrack (given a military arrangement!) - one feels that the film had pretensions above its station, which neither hesitant scripting nor the generous budget of a major studio (Fox) could hope to accommodate!

That said, the film features a plethora of gripping action sequences and a solid cast, led by Robert Wagner in a better-than-expected performance as the callous-landowner-turned-jittery-soldier and featuring, among others, Mark Damon (whom I saw in person at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, where he was invited to introduce Vittorio Cottafavi's delightful picaresque epic I CENTO CAVALIERI aka SON OF EL CID [1965]!). Indeed, one might say that BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL only falters whenever the narrative feels the need to return to Wagner's civilian life...which almost turns the film into one of those novelettish upper-crust domestic sagas that were popular Hollywood fixtures around this same time!

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