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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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Leonard
Michi Kobi ...
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Kaz Une
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Famika
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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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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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The age of the principal actors was a challenge. At the time of the combat events portrayed in this film, Guy Gabaldon was approximately 18 years old. At the time of production of this film (completed April 1960), Jeffrey Hunter was 33 years old and looked nothing like a teenager or even anyone in his early 20s. Furthermore, David Janssen, portraying veteran Sgt. Bill Hazen, and Vic Damone playing veteran Cpl. Pete Lewis, were supposed to be older than Gabaldon. However, this was not the case, since Hunter was two years older than Damone and five years older than Janssen. Fortunately, Damone and Janssen both looked older than Hunter, but not by much. Also, George Takei, playing Gabaldon's foster brother George who was approximately the same age as Gabaldon (18), was ten years younger than Hunter. In addition, George Shibata, playing Gabaldon's much older foster brother Kaz, was actually only 11 days older than Hunter. See more »

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When Gabaldon visits "Mama san" (Mother Une) at the internment camp, she says her sons are in Italy. This is prior to Gabaldon enlisting in the Marine Corps. Later, on Saipan, Gabaldon says his brothers are in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The 442nd landed at Anzio in May of 1944. The Marines landed on Saipan in June of 1944. Using the timeline established in the movie, there would not have been enough time for Gabaldon to enlist, go through boot camp and fight in the Battle of Saipan. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 1 September 1960 (1960) See more »

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It's been so long since I've seen it.
7 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Huge shame that it is not available on VHS or DVD. I saw it many years ago on TV and enjoyed it immensely. The acting was top notch. I've always liked David Janssen and Patricia Owens (both of whom are dead now, as well as Jeffrey Hunter, who died very tragically). Why does Hollywood refuse to issue certain old movies on media?


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