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Hell to Eternity (1960)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, War  |  1 August 1960 (USA)
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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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Guy Gabaldon
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Sgt. Bill Hazen
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Cpl. Pete Lewis
Patricia Owens ...
Sheila Lincoln
Richard Eyer ...
Guy - as a Boy
John Larch ...
Capt. Schwabe
Bill Williams ...
Leonard
Michi Kobi ...
Sono
George Shibata ...
Kaz Une
Reiko Sato ...
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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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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$800,000 (estimated)
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Tsuru Aoki's first credited filmed role of any kind in 36 years. It was also her last appearance, as she died the following year. See more »

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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 of the Japanese soldiers in sight. However, he fires more than the maximum thirty shots that could have been held by the largest magazine available for the M1, which held 30 rounds, without any evidence that he might have reloaded. See more »

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Capt. Schwabe: Lewis? How's it going? Says here you were shot in the ashcan.
Pete: Not bad, sir. Could have been a howitzer.
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Hell to Eternity
16 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw Hell to Eternity when it first came out in 1960. It anticipated the newsreel quality of "Saving Private Ryan" and was very timeless in style. A must see movie about a real hero in a real war. Warning! Like "Ryan" very violent and graphic simulation of actual war battle scenes. Jeffery Hunter turns in an excellent performance of a man struggling to overcome rejection from joining the war effort because of his ethnic background. He finally overcomes the obstacles with his skills as an interpreter, knowing the Japanese language which also saves his life and helps bridge the gap with the Japanese high command of the occupied island where he eventually convinces the commander to surrender. Seeking vengeance for his slain friend (David Jansen) he turns to compassion upon witnessing a suicide of a young mother fearful of Japanese propaganda of anticipated American brutality to then convince the Japanese to peacefully surrender.


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