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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.


(as Donald Siegel)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Ferry ...
Sgt. Morgan
Pvt. Kolinsky
Joseph Hoover ...
Jeep driver
Bill Mullikin ...
Pvt. Cumberly
Supply Sgt. Frazer
Capt. Mace


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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26 June 1962 (USA)  »

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Die ins Gras beißen  »

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

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1.85 : 1
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Of the ten members of the squad, Bob Newhart was the only surviving actor at the 50th anniversary of the film's release, even though he was the oldest actor in the group (Fess Parker was older, but he was not part of the squad holding off the Germans). The two top-billed actors, Steve McQueen died when he was 50, and Bobby Darin, died when he was 37. See more »


Homer would have been sent to the Polish 2nd Corps to become a soldier. Displaced Poles were picked up and added to the ranks of these units as they marched through Holland and Belgium. At Normandy there were 195,000 Polish Army troops at the war's end there were 237,000 troops under arms. It is said that the Poles recruited from the front. Poles conscripted into the German army was a primary source, but any displaced person would be absorbed. See more »


Pvt. Dave Corby: Hey, how you doin', buddy? As you can see, we eat very well around here. Hey, on the up and up, if there's anything you might need, I'm the guy to see around here. If I don't have it, I can get it for you.
Pvt. John Reese: Beat it.
Pvt. Dave Corby: Oh, excuse me. I didn't recognize you, General.
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One of the best WW2 B movies
26 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

WW2 B actioners are usually very good or very bad. This one belongs in every War Movie Buff's collection. One of the soon to be best action directors of his generation making a film with a half dozen of the soon to be best screen and TV actors to come out in the 60s. McQueen is at his classic Lonesome Cool persona best here. James Coburn at his quirky supporting role best. Bobby Darin, Nick Adams, Fess Parker and a new comedian turning actor called Bob Newhart. This movie couldn't miss. Even the small budget and stock footage doesn't tarnish it. Newhart has said they ran out of money and couldn't shoot the original ending so the ending as it is was shot on the fly. It is CLASSIC. This fact alone shows the quality of the people who made this little number. Much better than most of the lumbering big budget WW2 A films of the period like "The Longest Day" and "Bridge on the River Kwi". Both good films but not nearly as exciting and gripping as this gritty little B movie.

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