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Hell to Eternity (1960)

 -  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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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
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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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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Trivia

In the film, Gabaldon's adoptive Japanese-American family the Unes is taken from their home in Los Angeles and sent to an internment camp farther inland for the duration of the war. In reality, actor George Takei--who played George Une--was five yeas old at the beginning of World War II and he and his family were taken out of their home and sent to an internment camp in Arkansas for the duration of the war. See more »

Goofs

In all of Vic Damone's scenes as Corporal 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 directed to remove the bracelet during filming. See more »

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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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A true story that is drama filled and heartbreaking
20 January 2004 | by (Cave Spring GA) – See all my reviews

I saw the movie many years ago and would love to have this movie on DVD. Jeffrey Hunter looses his best friend, David Janson, to the enemy and after that develops a deep hatred for the Japeneese. At times risking his own life to flush them out of their hiding places and kill them. At one point where he is watching the japeneese women and children hurl themselves off of the cliffs rather then be captured, he sees his own adopted Japenese family back in the states. An excellent movie that I would go the the movies to see again.


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