MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,827 this week

Battle Hymn (1957)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 608 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 5 critic

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

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 15 Sep 2011
 
a list of 1196 titles
created 30 Sep 2012
 
list image
a list of 39 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 297 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Battle Hymn" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Battle Hymn (1957)

Battle Hymn (1957) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Battle Hymn.
Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A pair of Irish rebels have swashbuckling adventures in 1815.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Jeff Morrow
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In World War I, British-officer Michael Andrews is captured by a band of Kurdish raiders on the Eastern Front, and is rescued by a man calling himself John Stevenson, although he refuses to... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Barton, Louis J. Gasnier
Stars: Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Gertrude Michael
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When churlish, spoiled rich man Bob Merrick foolishly wrecks his speed boat, the rescue team resuscitates him with equipment that's therefore unavailable to aid a local hero, Dr. Wayne ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead
Action | Biography | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After being released from prison, former gun-fighter John Wesley Hardin hopes to have his autobiography published in order to rehabilitate his tarnished reputation.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Rock Hudson, Julie Adams, Mary Castle
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Rock Hudson plays an Air Force Colonel who has just been re-assigned as a cold war B-52 commander who must shape up his men to pass a grueling inspection that the previous commander had ... See full summary »

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Rock Hudson, Rod Taylor, Mary Peach
Crime | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Posing as an ex-German medical officer, a U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer sets out to rescue a kidnapped scientist, and sink a Nazi submarine, hiding off the coast of South America.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Macdonald Carey, Märta Torén, Robert Douglas
Seminole (1953)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A calvary Lt. on trial for murder, recounts his efforts make peace with the Siminole Indian tribe, under an evil major.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Rock Hudson, Barbara Hale, Anthony Quinn
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Charles Boyer, William Demarest, Lyle Bettger
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Single parents Jean Bowen and Brad Stubbs meet at the train station when they send their kids (his 2 girls, her 2 boys) off to camp. Love inevitably blooms. But there are complications: ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Van Heflin, Patricia Neal, Gigi Perreau
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A cinema director who is in an emotional and professional crisis thinks that he has discovered a French star when he meets an ordinary dancer.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Don Ameche, Janis Carter
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Col. Dean Hess
Anna Kashfi ...
En Soon Yang
Dan Duryea ...
Sgt. Herman
Don DeFore ...
Capt. Dan Skidmore
...
Mary Hess
Jock Mahoney ...
Maj. Moore
...
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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

3 March 1957 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Les ailes de l'espérance  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The original "Kiddie Car Airlift" rescued some 950 orphans and 80 orphanage workers. There is controversy as to how much of the credit for the operation should go to Hess. 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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(uncredited)
Traditional African-American hymn
Composed by Choctaw Indian Wallis Willis prior to 1862
Sung by James Edwards
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Korean war movie!
12 January 2001 | by (Honolulu,Hawaii) – See all my reviews

There has not been enough focus on the Korean war since Vietnam but I feel there is still a lot more stories to be told about that war and this movie is great example of the kind of sweeping stories that background has to offer.I highly recommend it if one wants a good slice of the atmosphere that war brought because of it's combination of attention to detail combined with entertaining aspects like great movie eye candy cinematography and a dramatic story that fullfills the movie's promise.A person who knows about movie making basics will definitely respect the efforts put into this movie because it truly shows.Delivers it's Korean war/drama genre expectations with a lot of extra treats thrown in.This extra effort has proven through time that this movie was under appreciated and is now considered to stand as one of the best war movies of all time.


8 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Music theme from Battle Himn herbaena
LOVED this movie!! The_Tropics
Discuss Battle Hymn (1957) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?