7.0/10
5,098
51 user 12 critic

Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

Approved | | Drama, War | 26 June 1962 (USA)
Trailer
2:52 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Small squad must hold off German attack.

Director:

(as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

, (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The War Lover (1962)
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner, Shirley Anne Field
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 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  

During WW2, the American O.S.S. mounts covert operations against the Japanese army in the jungles of Burma.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A navy lieutenant and his civilian friend use a classified computer to help them break the bank at a Venetian casino.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Steve McQueen, Brigid Bazlen, Jim Hutton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

With her infant daughter Margaret Rose in tow, Georgette Thomas pulls up stakes from Tyler, Texas to head to Columbus, Texas to be reunited with her husband, Henry Thomas, who has just been... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Steve McQueen, Lee Remick, Don Murray
The Hunter (1980)
Action | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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

Director: Buzz Kulik
Stars: Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, Kathryn Harrold
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Candice Bergen
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
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
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
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
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 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
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Reese
...
Pvt. Corby
...
Sgt. Pike
...
Sgt. Larkin
...
Cpl. Henshaw
...
Pvt. Driscoll
...
Homer Janeczek
Stephen Ferry ...
Sgt. Morgan
...
Pvt. Kolinsky
Simon Prescott ...
Thomas
Joseph Hoover ...
Capt. Loomis
Robert Phillips ...
Jeep driver
Bill Mullikin ...
Pvt. Cumberly
...
Supply Sgt. Frazer
...
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:

ONLY 6 G.I.'s and they had to hold off the whole German army! 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

Screenwriter Robert Pirosh was originally set to direct the film but after repeated clashes with star Steve McQueen he was replaced with Don Siegel. Pirosh's script featured many blackly comedic scenes but most of them were not filmed, as Siegel wanted to make the film more dramatic. Disappointed, Bob Newhart tried to get Siegel to kill his character early, but Siegel refused. 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

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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

And Introducing Bob Newhart See more »

Connections

References Road to Morocco (1942) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Reckless And Endearing
21 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of Steve McQueen's better roles is one that is modeled on one that James Cagney played in The Fighting 69th. If you'll remember Cagney was a wise guy who lost his nerve on the battlefield and was sentenced to be shot, but redeemed himself in a heroic climax.

Now McQueen wasn't a coward and he didn't have a priest like Pat O'Brien to have faith in him. But he was a reckless sort and convinced of his own righteousness. It negated his acts of bravery and when the film opens we find him down to being a private and under the command of a sergeant played by Fess Parker who likes him, but understands him all too well.

And Parker's platoon has a really rotten assignment. Hold their position on the Siegfried Line with a handful of men until help arrives and maybe convince the Germans there's a lot more out there than there really are.

McQueen in his usual rebel way goes his own way. It costs the lives of a lot in his squad. Still he does redeem himself like Cagney in the end. This is maybe the only film in which McQueen's rebel persona worked against his character. Still it's an interesting and moving performance he gives.

Look also for good performances from the rest of the cast that includes Harry Guardino, Bobby Darin, Nick Adams, Mike Kellin, and Bob Newhart as other soldiers on the dirty detail.

The film credits say 'introducing Bob Newhart' and he provides what little comedy there is. After the Parker platoon gets the assignment to hold on their assigned piece of real estate, Newhart comes driving up in a jeep loaded with typewriters. He's a clerk/typist at division headquarters and it seems as though he made a wrong turn. Never mind because Guardino and Parker commandeer him and his jeep.

Which sets up one of his routines from his early standup act. Newhart used to work with a telephone and he's asked to do so here for the benefit of a German microphone planted on the American line. It actually works very well into the fabric of the plot.

Hell is for Heroes is one tough and gritty war drama, the kind of film that a generation later, Steven Spielberg would get all kinds of acclaim for Saving Private Ryan. For war picture fans, this is a must.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hills are for Heroes and Combat! DelendaEst
A bit dated, but still very good WWII movie PANEeVINO
Steve McQueen's weapon? TheMajesticYak
is this a good movie to buy? futureCSI
Poor Henshaw DarkShadowForever
Bobby Darin Moviefanatic21
Discuss Hell Is for Heroes (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?