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Five Gates to Hell (1959)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, War  |  23 September 1959 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
Patricia Owens ...
Chen Pamok
Ken Scott ...
Dr. John Richter
Benson Fong ...
Gung Sa
John Morley ...
Dr. Jacques Minelle
Gerry Gaylor ...
Sister Maria
Greta Chi ...
Linda Wong ...
Ming Cha
Irish McCalla ...
Sister Magdalena


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Release Date:

23 September 1959 (USA)  »

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5 vie per l'inferno  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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2.35 : 1
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grim but entertaining war story
19 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw it very early (about 1970), and didn't see it again (as far as I know) until just a few years ago, but somehow the general idea of it always stayed with me. There have been many movies, I think, about women guerrilla fighters, but as far as I know, they usually do it for patriotic reasons. These women were doing it partly to stay alive and partly to get even, which gave it a different "feel", along with the fact that they were NURSES turned guerrilla fighters. Because of this, in the back of my mind, I always think of it as an exploitation film (the kind about "girl gangs" and so on). Which are fine with me, but it isn't one. It also isn't a "yellow peril" story, or really any kind of propaganda film (for France or any other country being in Vietnam). And where else can you see Nancy Kulp (Miss Hathaway) holding a hand grenade? (Unless maybe in some broad comedy routine.) And in how many other films (until a few years later) would you see a nun firing a machine gun? (Even though she did it very briefly.) And I know that people either laugh or get mad when they see an Asian (or in this case Eurasian) character played by a Western actor, but Neville Brand was very good in the part (again, he wasn't a "yellow peril" villain and nothing else). It isn't a perfect movie, but I think it mainly works.

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