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Battle Hymn (1957)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  3 March 1957 (West Germany)
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A remorseful bomber pilot-turned-minister rejoins for the Korean War.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. Dean Hess
Anna Kashfi ...
En Soon Yang
Dan Duryea ...
Sgt. Herman
Don DeFore ...
Capt. Dan Skidmore
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Mary Hess
Jock Mahoney ...
Maj. Moore
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Mess Sergeant
James Edwards ...
Lt. Maples
Carl Benton Reid ...
Deacon Edwards
Richard Loo ...
Gen. Kim
Philip Ahn ...
Old Man, Lun-Wa
Bartlett Robinson ...
Gen. Timberidge
Simon Scott ...
Lt. Hollis
Teru Shimada ...
Korean Official
Carleton Young ...
Maj. Harrison
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Storyline

Dean Hess, who entered the ministry to atone for bombing a German orphanage, decides he's a failure at preaching. Rejoined to train pilots early in the Korean War, he finds Korean orphans raiding the airbase garbage. With a pretty Korean teacher, he sets up an orphanage for them and others. But he finds that to protect his charges, he has to kill. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The true story of Col. Dean Hess, clergyman turned fighter pilot!


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3 March 1957 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

By Faith I Fly  »

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Trivia

Most of Philip Ahn's dialogue is dubbed by another actor. See more »

Quotes

Col. Dean Hess: We're hoping to get to Cheju=do, but it seems almost impossible.
Old Man, Lun-Wa: The difference between the impossible and the possible is the measure of a man's will.
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Soundtracks

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(uncredited)
Traditional African-American hymn
Composed by Choctaw Indian Wallis Willis prior to 1862
Sung by James Edwards
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Tarnished angel
7 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

In 1954,Rock Hudson,who was Douglas Sirk's favorite actor,(they made 8 movies together)starred in the remake of John Stahl's "magnificent obsession".It was a tale of redemption.A playboy trying to redeem himself by giving back eyesight to a blind woman (whose disability was his fault).

In "Battle hymn" ,Rock Hudson portrays an air force officer who destroyed an orphanage with thirty-seven children in WW2 and tries to redeem his soul.But it is not as convincing.As users have already pointed out,the true story was altered .The ideology is not clear; the old man's words are not so wise :war is necessary and that is the way God planned it ....

Sirk's pacifism was better applied on "A time to love and a time to die" based on EM Remarque's novel which is much superior to this preachy effort.Colonel Hess deserved a better movie.

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