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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
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Beyond Rock Hudson being, quite possibly, the perfect movie star- handsome movie star and P-51 Mustangs, there's pretty much nothing to recommend here. Battle Hymn doesn't know what it wants to be--a war movie, a testament to the healing power of Christianity, or a vanilla-ized biopic of a fighter pilot turned minister.
Here's a pretty easy rule to understand: If you try to be a bunch of things at once, you'll probably fail at all of them.
Battle Hymn is so completely bland in its treatment of USAF Colonel Dean Hess' search for how to jibe being a minister with being a warrior that about all you can really hang on to are the cute Korean kids milling and jabbering about and those incredible Mustangs.
I saw Battle Hymn as a kid on TV. Once again, age has not been kind to a movie I liked (or in this case, sort of liked) way back when.
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