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


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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1 August 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Call  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Tsuru Aoki, who plays Mother Une, was in real life married to Sessue Hayakawa, who plays Gen. Matsui. See more »


In all of Vic Damone's scenes as Cpl. Pete Lewis, he is seen wearing a very shiny gold bracelet, including in combat scenes. In reality, no person in combat would have ever been allowed to wear a shiny gold bracelet, nor would they have wanted to, out of concern for the bright glint given off which might betray their position. Damone should have been told to remove the bracelet during filming. See more »


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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27 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Walter Roeber Schmidt is/was my grandfather. I still have an original screenplay in bound condition that was his. From what I've seen/heard, the story was a great one, and is truly a movie that one will never forget. I recommend it to all who wish to know some of the real stories from World War Two. What is interesting however, is that my grandfather was in the Air Force I believe during World War Two, and his brother was employed by the government to take movies and pictures of the war, which, quite ironically, lead him to meet his wife in Italy, who consequently, was a very beautiful woman. For those of you wondering what my grandfather looked like, I hope to submit a picture soon to the site.

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