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Hell to Eternity (1960)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 1 August 1960 (USA)
When his adoptive Japanese-American family is sent to Manzanar after Pearl Harbor, a young Chicano enlists in the marines to become a hero in the Battle of Saipan.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Guy Gabaldon
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Sgt. Bill Hazen
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Cpl. Pete Lewis
Patricia Owens ...
Sheila Lincoln
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Guy - as a Boy
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Capt. Schwabe
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Leonard
Michi Kobi ...
Sono
George Shibata ...
Kaz Une
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Famika
Richard Gardner ...
Polaski
Bob Okazaki ...
Papa Une
George Matsui ...
George - as a Boy
Nicky Blair ...
Martini
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George Une (as George Takai)
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Storyline

True life story of Guy Gabaldon, a Los Angeles Hispanic boy raised in the 1930s by a Japanese-American foster family. Later, during the war, as his foster parents are interned at a camp for Japanese Americans, Gabaldon's ability to speak Japanese helps him become a lone-operating Marine hero. During the bloody capture of the island of Saipan, he convinces 800 Japanese to surrender after their general commits suicide. Written by Anonymous

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THE MARINES' BATTLE CRY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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1 August 1960 (USA)  »

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Beyond the Call  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real Guy Gabaldon--unlike Jeffrey Hunter, the tall Anglo actor who played him--was Chicano and only 5'4", 130 pounds. He enlisted in the Marines after Pearl Harbor at age 17. Even though he captured more enemy soldiers single-handedly than anyone else, including WW I hero Sgt. Alvin C. York, he was not awarded the Medal of Honor, as York was. See more »

Goofs

When David Janssen's character Bill Hazen is killed, and Jeffrey Hunter's Gabaldon, enraged, rushes the Japanese position, shooting his M1 carbine continuously, and killing all the Japanese soldiers in sight. However, he fires more than 30 shots; the largest magazine available for the M1 held 30 rounds, and there is no evidence that he reloaded after emptying the magazine. See more »

Quotes

Guy Gabaldon: [after shooting two soldiers] I understood that double-crossing speech! These men died without any reason. I didn't want to kill them! You want to go to your army? All right, you go, but I'm going with you to keep you honest, and you're gonna tell those people on this island that the war is over. Now let's move!
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It's been so long since I've seen it.
7 May 2003 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

Huge shame that it is not available on VHS or DVD. I saw it many years ago on TV and enjoyed it immensely. The acting was top notch. I've always liked David Janssen and Patricia Owens (both of whom are dead now, as well as Jeffrey Hunter, who died very tragically). Why does Hollywood refuse to issue certain old movies on media?


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