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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 »
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Surprisingly good little war film See more (16 total) »

Cast

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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
Morris Boltuch .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Frank Comstock .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Skip Martin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Shure .... musician: violin (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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94 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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:
This movie's title, 'Between Heaven and Hell', is taken from an expression that means purgatory. They say war is hell, but in this context, the film's title refers to that place which is in a limbo zone that exists before it.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the cast listing, Robert Wagner is listed as Sfc/Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford. He should be listed as T/Sgt/Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford. The rank Sfc (Sergeant First Class) did not exist during WWII. At that time it was T/Sgt (Technical Sergeant).See more »

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24 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly good little war film, 7 April 2000
Author: BrianG from California

Before he started making huge, bloated, disastrously money-losing films in the '60s (Dr. Doolittle, Che, et al.), director Richard Fleischer was responsible for some good, tight well-made little B pictures. "The Narrow Margin" and "Armored Car Robbery" in the early '50s were outstanding film-noir classics, made for very little money. Fleischer made this in the period between his low-budget black-and-white thrillers and his '60s monstrosities, and it's a good one. Robert Wagner is the callow, spoiled rich son of a Southern landowner whose National Guard unit is suddenly activated during World War II and sent to the Pacific to fight the Japanese. Wagner finds himself in the same company with the sharecroppers and tradespeople he scorned back home, and is sent to a base run by a power-mad, vengeful officer who treats his troops the same way Wagner treated his " 'croppers" back home.

This is one of Wagner's better performances. Unlike many of his earlier films, Wagner doesn't try to get by on his good looks and youthful charm; he turns in a first-rate performance here, as do most of the cast. Broderick Crawford as Wagner's crazed commander doesn't quite fit the part, and Skip Homeier--usually a solid, reliable character actor--goes a bit overboard as one of Crawford's goons, but Buddy Ebsen, as one of Wagner's sharecroppers who turns out to be his best friend, L.Q. Jones and Tod Andrews are fine in pivotal parts, and Fleischer stages some exciting battle scenes. Altogether, a well-made, exciting little B picture from 20th Century Fox--a bit garish in Technicolor (black and white would have been more effective)--but well worth your time to see it. Highly recommended.

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