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Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

 -  Drama | War  -  26 June 1962 (USA)
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Small squad must hold off German attack.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Reese
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Pvt. Corby
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Sgt. Pike
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Sgt. Larkin
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Cpl. Henshaw
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Pvt. Driscoll
Nick Adams ...
Homer Janeczek
Stephen Ferry ...
Sgt. Morgan
Mike Kellin ...
Pvt. Kolinsky
Simon Prescott ...
Thomas
Joseph Hoover ...
Capt. Loomis
Robert Phillips ...
Jeep driver
Bill Mullikin ...
Pvt. Cumberly
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Supply Sgt. Frazer
Don Haggerty ...
Capt. Mace
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Storyline

World War II drama where the action centers around a single maneuver by a squad of GIs in retaliation against the force of the German Siegfried line. Reese joins a group of weary GIs unexpectedly ordered back into the line when on their way to a rest area. While most of the men withdraw from their positions facing a German pillbox at the far side of a mine-field, half a dozen men are left to protect a wide front. By various ruses, they manage to convince the Germans that a large force is still holding the position. Then Reese leads two of the men in an unauthorized and unsuccessful attack on the pillbox, in which the other two are killed; and when the main platoon returns, he is threatened with court-martial. Rather that face the disgrace, and in an attempt to show he was right, he makes a one-man attack on the pillbox. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Great new stars! Great new roles! Great new hit! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

26 June 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die ins Gras beißen  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Althought you see Steve McQueen's character carry the M3 .45 ACP cal. submachine known as the "Grease Gun", which is fed ammunition by a long magazine, you don't see him carrying any ammunition pouches for this weapon. Instead, you see that he's carrying only the shorter pouches on his ammunition belt for the M-1 Garand rifle. Those pouches are obviously empty, as they are all flat and appear to contain nothing. See more »

Goofs

During the final battle, a German gives the order "Achtung, Fire". In addition to mixing German with English, the use of "fire" as in "fire when ready" in German "Feuern Sie, wenn vorbereitet" is meaningless. "Fire" in this context is an American term. See more »

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Pfc. James E. Driscoll: Oh, they're supposed to taste like potato soup?
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This would be a PG-13 today
8 July 2006 | by (Louisville, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

I saw this as a child and remember how grisly the action was. At the time, of course, war movies were really my thing since my Father, and most of my friends' fathers had fought in WWII. I then (and now) loved the pure and believable action to be found in many war films. "Heroes" was particularly violent for its time. German soldiers are graphically burned to death with flame throwers, shot to pieces with tommy guns, and cut to ribbons with a machete. The action was especially graphic for when this film was made and I am very surprised so much intense violence got past the censors.

I think the high resentments still around "post war" account for this. People wanted to see the Nazis get their well deserved violent end. The film is a good depiction of war and what it does to the men who are on the front lines. I am amazed when I watch it to see what a good actor Bobby Darin was and how well newcomer Boby Newhart did in his comic relief role. Steve McQueen and James Coburn were just about to hit their stride. They both give memorable performances--especially McQueen who is the dark hero. Harry Guardino, who would later work for director Seigel in Dirty Harry, is also a sympathetic figure. He was such an underrated character actor. The American soldiers depicted in the film are a good cross section of America as it was constituted in the 40's. If you love war films, and have not seen this one, go out of your way to do so. This is, I think, the best of the low budget black and white war films of the 50's and early 60's.


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