Hell to Eternity (1960)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Gabaldon
Sgt. Bill Hazen
Cpl. Pete Lewis
Patricia Owens ...
Sheila Lincoln
Richard Eyer ...
Guy - as a Boy
John Larch ...
Capt. Schwabe
Michi Kobi ...
George Shibata ...
Kaz Une
Reiko Sato ...
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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THE MARINES' BATTLE CRY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

1 August 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Call  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The speech given by Gen. Matsui (Sessue Hayakawa) to his surrendering troops in Japanese recounts the popular Japanese folktale of Momotaro the Peach Boy, and it stresses kindness, courage, and strength. See more »


The tanks used by the Marines were M-48 Patton tanks. This tank did not start production until 1952; seven years after the war ended. See more »


Gen. Matsui: [saddened by seeing his men surrender] This is not a pretty sight for me to see.
Guy Gabaldon: Neither was Pearl Harbor!
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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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