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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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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
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Homer Janeczek
Stephen Ferry ...
Sgt. Morgan
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Pvt. Kolinsky
Simon Prescott ...
Thomas
Joseph Hoover ...
Capt. Loomis
Robert Phillips ...
Jeep driver
Bill Mullikin ...
Pvt. Cumberly
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Supply Sgt. Frazer
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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 »

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Drama | War

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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

Steve McQueen & James Coburn played together a year prior to the release of this film in "The Magnificent Seven", the story of a tight knit group of fighters struggling to hold off an overwhelming force. 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

Pfc. James E. Driscoll: But Sergeant, you don't understand. I was sent to clerk-typist school. That's all I've ever done in the army was type!
Sgt. Jim Larkin: Man, we're gonna give you on the job training.
Pvt. Dave Corby: What's up, Sergeant?
Sgt. Jim Larkin: Take this man over to that foxhole next to Reese and teach him how to shoot.
Pvt. Dave Corby: [Larkin hands him Driscoll's brand new rifle] With this here? It might get dirty.
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And Introducing Bob Newhart See more »

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

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Low budget production packs big punch
1 June 2005 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

A must must-see for Steve McQueen fans. Understrength American platoon tries to hold the line against entrenched Germans in 1944 France. Hard-working cast rises above shoe-string production values. Then-present and future stars include Harry Guardino, James Coburn and personal favorite Nick Adams. Despite lack of glitzy special effects, this has the best "feel" of any war film I've ever seen. McQueen shines as Private Reese, an efficient killer sabotaged only by his own unwillingness to follow orders. Subdued Parker plays very effectively against McQueen's intensity, and Newhart adds some humor to grim story line. Highly recommended.


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