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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:
Pvt. Corby
Sgt. Pike
Sgt. Larkin
Cpl. Henshaw
Pvt. Driscoll
Nick Adams ...
Homer Janeczek
Stephen Ferry ...
Sgt. Morgan
Pvt. Kolinsky
Simon Prescott ...
Joseph Hoover ...
Capt. Loomis
Robert Phillips ...
Jeep driver
Bill Mullikin ...
Pvt. Cumberly
Supply Sgt. Frazer
Don Haggerty ...
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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One of the immortal stories about the fighting G.I.s of World War II! See more »


Drama | War


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Release Date:

26 June 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die ins Gras beißen  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In his autobiography, "I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This", Bob Newhart said that he was offered increasingly large fees for nightclub appearances during production, much higher than the salary he was getting for this film. He really wanted to get back on the road, and would routinely go to director Don Siegel with ideas on how his character could be killed off. Siegel would respond, "You're in it to the end, soldier." See more »


On the line Pike asks Reese what do they have down there? Reese responds "9MM light". The German machine gun would have been either an MG34 or an MG42, both 7.92 X 57MM standard rifle size rounds in German Army. A 9MM is a small pistol round used in machine pistole (burp guns), not in machine guns as "Light" may imply. See more »


Pfc. James E. Driscoll: [fake telephone conversation with "headquarters" to fool the Germans listening in] We'll certainly be on the look out for it, sir.
Pfc. James E. Driscoll: A Pfc, you say?
Pfc. James E. Driscoll: With a load of typewriters in the back?
Pfc. James E. Driscoll: Well if we see him, we'll contact you sir.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siege of AR-558 (1998) See more »

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Fine war film
22 May 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Very underrated film, excellent action, realistic, with frantic battles and lulls where we get to see the various personalities of the excellent cast. McQueen is a hard nosed bitter Sarge - tough, would kill you as soon as look at you. Great comic touches too, a fine Siegel film. War drama at its best.

Black and white film is most effective. Like the film Battleground only not in the winter. There is good dialogue with the GI's - Bob Newhart is real funny.

Very violent, with nice action sequences - almost too intense. Do not see an edited version. See the real thing.

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