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Between Heaven and Hell -- The spoiled rich son of a wealthy Southerner is changed by his experiences in the Pacific during World War II.

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Writers:
Harry Brown (screenplay)
Francis Gwaltney (novel)
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Release Date:
5 December 1956 (Japan) See more »
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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 »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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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)
Felix Slatkin .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gust E. Olson .... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. Gust E. Olson U.S.A)
 
Crew verified as complete


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94 min
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4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
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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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Performances and camera work make this one to see, 21 July 2015

Brad Dexter was the only one of "The Magnificent Seven" not to become a major star. When you see his performance in "Between Heaven and Hell," you will wonder why.

He is given a very sympathetic character to play, and gives in return one of his best performances.

Buddy Ebsen started show biz life as a minor, but pleasant, song and dance man, but, as shown here, he became one of the finest dramatic actors of the century (despite such obstacles as "The Beverly Hillbillies").

"Between Heaven and Hell" is a very generic title, and seems to have very little to do with this movie. It has been used dozens of times, and maybe once or twice, somewhere, it was appropriate. Maybe.

Richard Fleischer's directing and Leo Tover's photography, though, overcome the trite title and well complement the excellent acting in presenting a dramatic war story.

From the opening shot, there is fluidity in the camera work that awed me, that left me admiring Mr. Fleischer more than I ever had before. If you don't like war movies -- and I don't -- you will want to watch this one for the photography, including the scenery.

One complaint: The protagonist, played well by Robert Wagner, goes through the mandatory (made so by "the rules of drama") change, but there is no good explanation of his motives, of why he changes.

Perhaps it is plain, right before our eyes, in a manner of speaking only because it is never explicated. But there really should have been some motivational explanations.

Still, it was plausible and reasonable, and, again, the acting and camera work are so good -- no, excellent, "Between Heaven and Hell" is definitely worth watching.

By the way, do not miss a chance to see this just because the On Demand description is so disgustingly PC. There is no "racism" even though that PC description implies there is.

I found it via the Time Warner Cable system's On Demand. And free!

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