A remorseful bomber pilot-turned-minister rejoins for the Korean War.

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Dean Hess
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En Soon Yang
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Sergeant Herman
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Captain Skidmore
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Mary Hess
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Major Moore
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Mess Sergeant (as Alan Hale)
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Lieutenant Maples
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Deacon Edwards
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General Kim
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General Timberidge
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Lieutenant Hollis
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Major Harrison
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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 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)  »

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

Quotes

Capt. Dan Skidmore: I thought I knew how to live. I don't. Now I don't know how to die.
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The Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe and lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1861)
Based on melody of "John Brown's Body"
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10 May 2016 | by (Fly-Over Country) – See all my reviews

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.

Skip it.


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