MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 7,591 this week

Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

Approved  |   |  Drama, War  |  26 June 1962 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 4,687 users  
Reviews: 47 user | 11 critic

Small squad must hold off German attack.

Director:

(as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

, (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 23 Jun 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 17 Jul 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 26 Aug 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 03 Dec 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 22 May 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

Hell Is for Heroes (1962) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hell Is for Heroes.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The bond of friendship between a worldly-wise Army Master Sergeant and his naive worshiper.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Steve McQueen, Jackie Gleason, Tuesday Weld
Never So Few (1959)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Captain Tom Reynolds and his band of skilled O.S.S. operatives are in WWII Burma to train the Kachin natives in modern warfare. But jungle combat, particularly against a Japanese army as ... See full summary »

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Following the life of an orphan and the events that change his life and lead him into a life of crime.

Director: Robert Stevens
Stars: John Drew Barrymore, Lita Milan, Robert Bray
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Henry Thomas is out on parole in a small Texan town and, in the evenings, he is the lead singer in a band. He is being pressured by his foster mother to give up his singing and go back to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Lee Remick, Steve McQueen, Don Murray
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Angie Rossini is an innocent (Italian Catholic) Macy's salesgirl, who discovers she's pregnant from a fling with Rocky, a musician. Angie finds Rocky (who doesn't remember her at first) to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Edie Adams
Tom Horn (1980)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A renowned former army scout is hired by ranchers to hunt down rustlers but finds himself on trial for the murder of a boy when he carries out his job too well. Tom Horn finds that the ... See full summary »

Director: William Wiard
Stars: Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth
The Reivers (1969)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In turn-of-the-century Mississippi, an 11-year-old boy comes of age as two mischievous adult friends talk him into sneaking the family car out for a trip to Memphis and a series of adventures.

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: Steve McQueen, Sharon Farrell, Ruth White
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret, Edward G. Robinson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A scientist stands against an entire town when he discovers their medicinal spa is polluted.

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Steve McQueen, Bibi Andersson, Charles Durning
The Hunter (1980)
Action | Biography | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson.

Director: Buzz Kulik
Stars: Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, Kathryn Harrold
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A gang's plans for a St. Louis bank robbery are complicated when the sister of one of the thieves starts voicing her well-founded suspicions.

Directors: Charles Guggenheim, John Stix
Stars: Steve McQueen, Crahan Denton, David Clarke
Junior Bonner (1972)
Comedy | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ace Bonner returns to Arizona several years after he abandoned his family, Junior Bonner is a wild young man. Against the typical rodeo championship, family drama erupts.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Reese
...
Pvt. Corby
...
Sgt. Pike
...
Sgt. Larkin
...
Cpl. Henshaw
...
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
...
Supply Sgt. Frazer
Don Haggerty ...
Capt. Mace
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Courage never dies. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

26 June 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die ins Gras beißen  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Pirosh was a Master Sergeant during World War II, serving with the 320th Regiment, 35th Division. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, at Ardennes and in the Rhineland. He commanded a unit in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded a Bronze Star. His other war films pay homage to the American front-line infantry of World War II--in addition to this film, they are Battleground (1949); Go for Broke! (1951) and the TV series Combat! (1962). See more »

Goofs

McQueen's weapon of choice is his M3 'Grease gun' submachine gun. Yet he carries ammunition pouches for rifle ammunition (5-8 round clips) not 32 round M3 submachine gun clips. See more »

Quotes

Monique Ouidel: I drink to you, and to the American Army.
Pvt. John Reese: How long ago were you drinking to the Third Reich?
Monique Ouidel: I do not like the Germans.
Pvt. John Reese: You don't like me, either, but you're drinking with me.
See more »

Crazy Credits

And Introducing Bob Newhart See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siege of AR-558 (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Among the finest WW2 films
27 September 2002 | by (St. Davids, Pennsylvania, USA) – See all my reviews

This World War II film is one of the finest I have seen. It features an allstar cast, great direction, a great script and compelling performances.

Steve McQueen plays an American soldiers who thrives on combat. He gets busted from squad leader to Private when he crashes a jeep. His squad gets sent to the front lines, where he clashes with by-the-book Sergeant Larkin (Harry Guardino). Problems are made worse when the Company pulls out, leaving Larkin's squad to cover a huge section of the front lines. In order to succeed, they trick the Germans in various ways to make them think they're a much larger unit.

The film features a powerful central performance by Steve McQueen. While his lines are short and to the point, his facial expressions and movements are just as important. He makes a very convincing front-line soldier, doing a lot of things many other front-line-combat themed war movies of the time (TO HELL AND BACK, etc) leave out.

Supporting McQueen are Bobby Darin, James Coburn, and Mike Kellin all very young. Their characters were unique at the time but may seem a bit chliched and two-dimensional if you've seen a lot of war pictures.

Also lending a hand if Bob Newhart as a bumbling typist who ends up getting commandeered to help hold the front line position. His telephone monlogue scene is a classic and he makes a very believable scared-stiff REMF, just like Jeremy Davies as Cpl. Upham in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.

The battle scenes were obviously filmed on a tight budget but are very authentic appearing. They involve soldiers bleeding profusely and screaming in agony -- not something you see in older war films.

All in all, a very well done, realistic and very believable war film. It was apparently based on a true incident.

The DVD is of high quality. It is finally in letterbox format, about a 1.78:1 ratio. The video quality is superb. The sound is mono but very good mono; quite rich. Also included is a widescreen but scratchy and grainy trailer.

I enjoy and admire HELL IS FOR HEROES so much that I am using it as a model for my own WWII home video, BATTLEGROUND.


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hills are for Heroes and Combat! DelendaEst
Steve McQueen's weapon? TheMajesticYak
Poor Henshaw DarkShadowForever
One of my nitpicks route661
is this a good movie to buy? futureCSI
Nick Adams's Polish? pineapple3332003
Discuss Hell Is for Heroes (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?