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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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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 MARINES' BATTLE CRY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps) 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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1.85 : 1
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A common error made in TV and movies regarding military time is made in this film, Military time does not use "a.m." and "p.m." to distinguish between time before noon and after noon--7:00 a.m., for example, would be written as "0700" and pronounced as "zero seven hundred", not "oh seven hundred", as in this film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gen. Matsui: Even with that gun in your hand, you are captured. Hmm.
[laughs]
Gen. Matsui: It's over!
[he attempts to leave, but Gabby blocks him]
Gen. Matsui: Soldier, your sergeant failed to get through. You have lost, but because you have great courage, I admire that. I'll let you live - for now.
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It's been so long since I've seen it.
7 May 2003 | by (Boston) – 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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