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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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(as Donald Siegel)

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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 »

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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During production a number of actors, including Steve McQueen and Fess Parker, frequently arrived on set late and shot a number of scenes with little or no rehearsal and without make-up. Apparently they were working on other film projects at the same time they were shooting this one. See more »

Goofs

When laying out the ammo boxes connected to wires: A) It is night but there are obvious shadows B) The wire reels movement does not correspond to man movement. While moving through rough country, the wire spools unroll rather smoothly. C) When the lines are laid, the hands shaking the wires move only slightly, but the ammo boxes shake wildly. See more »

Quotes

Pfc. James E. Driscoll: [fake telephone conversation with "headquarters" to fool the Germans listening in] Uh - Hi. Temple Red to - uh - Abel 6. This... This is Lt. Driscoll - the - uh - the entertainment officer.
Pfc. James E. Driscoll: About the morale, sir, it's been rather low. Uh - the main complaint seems to be about the evening movie.
Pfc. James E. Driscoll: Y-Yes, sir. I've had to show 'Road to Morocco' five evenings now in a row, sir.
Pfc. James E. Driscoll: Well, the men are beginning to be a little surly, sir.
Pfc. James E. Driscoll: Yes, sir. They know all the lines.
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Sraight up WAR!
25 November 2001 | by (Honolulu,Hawaii) – See all my reviews

In your face WW2 movie that has little compromise in it's depiction of a slice of that war.The screenplay could have been better but still,the production was good enough to give this movie classic status for it's genre.No perfume romantisation here,just plain old battle line warfare and the soldiers who are there to do those hellish things.If you want that kind of action,this movie is for you.Also one of the best movies McQueen ever made........


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