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Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

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

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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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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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One of the immortal stories about the fighting G.I.s of World War II! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

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Approved | See all certifications »

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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

Film debut of Bob Newhart. See more »

Goofs

During the final charge on the pillbox, no German machine gun shown firing from the pillbox. The gun would have to be placed so the barrel would be outside the opening for maximum effect. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Jim Larkin: Hey, Corby, what's the matter with you? Can't you forget about that loot? You're in a church.
Pvt. Dave Corby: This ain't a church no more, Sergeant. And besides, even if it was, so what?
Sgt. Jim Larkin: Well it used to be, J.J. You oughtta have respect for things that used to be.
Pvt. Dave Corby: What are you buckin' for chaplain or something? I got respect, Sergeant. Plenty. But its not for somebody I can't see.
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User Reviews

 
Gritty, Brutal, and Cynical
28 July 1999 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

Steve McQueens' second best role ("Sand Pebbles" was number one) in a war movie that was the antithesis of the WW II-era films. This one was cynical, realistic, and brutal, and showed some very grim and painful battle deaths (Spielberg was not the first). It deals with U.S. infantry trying to hold a weakened sector of the German Siegfried Line late in 1944. The supporting cast was memorable, too. A wonderful, if depressing, movie.


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