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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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Michi Kobi ...
Sono
George Shibata ...
Kaz Une
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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 guts! Glory! Gallantry of America's hell-bent for victory Marines! 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 screen rights for Guy Gabaldon's story were initially purchased by Gramercy Pictures the day after he appeared on the This Is Your Life (1952) broadcast of June 19, 1957. 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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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 1 September 1960 (1960) See more »

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great movie
6 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My father recommended this movie and I found a copy that I had privilege to watch. It was a great movie that was touching and moving to watch. I never heard of this Hispanic man who was a hero and I think that it should be updated and played today for the newer generation today. This movie starts from the beginning to the end on what the main character went through and why he did what he did. It has much family value no matter what race or color a person is. The war scenes were magnificent even considering the year that the movie was made. I think that if this movie were remade for this day and age with all of the facts in order, that it would be better than some of the war movies that are out now because it is in fact a true story. If you have a chance to see this movie, I rate it a "10".


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