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28 August 1968 (USA) See more »
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In 1946 North Africa, two former US Air Force pilots are forced to work for an international smuggler to get money needed for their return to civilian life after fighting in World War II. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rod Taylor ... Brynie MacKay

Claudia Cardinale ... Elena

Harry Guardino ... Lee Harris

Kevin McCarthy ... Col. Wilson

Pete Duel ... Mike Brewer

William Marshall ... Al Poland

Don Knight ... Pepper
Michael Shillo ... Pol Guilbert
Robert Yuro ... Willoughby
Lew Brown ... Sgt. Shaeffer

Wilhelm von Homburg ... Hans
Tanya Lemani ... Jamila
Mae Mercer ... Chanteuse
Émile Genest ... Insp. Bouchard
Louis De Farra ... Pierre
Jacqueline Bertrand ... French Girl
Rick Natoli ... Urchin
Tony Nassour ... Urchin
Ricky Namay ... Urchin
George Samaan ... Urchin
David Sindaha ... Urchin

Sid Haig ... Crespin
Jim Creech ... First MP
Pedro Regas ... Old Arab
David Kurzon ... The Lookout
Naji Gabbay ... Magid

Directed by
Joseph Sargent 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harold Livingston  screenplay
Harold Livingston  story
Halsted Welles  writer

Produced by
Stanley Chase .... producer
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
Cinematography by
Bud Thackery 
Film Editing by
Howard Epstein 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
John J. Lloyd 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. 
George Milo 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
Makeup Department
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Jesse Wayne .... stunts
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor

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102 min | USA:95 min (censored version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | West Germany:16

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Referenced in Midnight Cowboy (1969)See more »
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Cast stronger than vehicle in this visually rich but morally truncated adventure., 6 February 1999
Author: Step from Hollywood, CA

Had it been informed by the sensibilities prevailing but a few years after its release, The Hell With Heroes might have become a cult classic: two discarded war heroes, cynical pilot-of-fortune Taylor and his appealingly (and handsomely) ingenuous sidekick Deuel, adventuring in an Africa in its last throes of anti-colonialist turmoil, fall victims to a crook and his moll ... it reeks of existential angst while providing plenty of Cardinale's cleavage (with stuff blowing up in the background). But the film neatly sidesteps the paradoxes it presents -- whose land is this, and who are the real savages here? (Hint: they wear wrist watches and sunburn easily). Deuel's performance has satisfying depth, and his technique, considerable subtlety; despite the role's stereotypical attributes (friendly, uncomplicated kid, worships older, cynical Alpha Male), his is the only character whom we suspect of thoughts and feelings to which we are not explicitly privy. Worth watching if only to ponder how Deuel might further have developed his craft had he not succumbed to depression over the slick commercial path onto which his career was even then being steered. Taylor is reliably fun to watch, Cardinale is real eye-candy, and Guardino and McCarthy deliver as always ... the action and scenery aren't half bad, either. As a plus, it's a decent family film (not pre-schoolers, of course), with a moral spin about what evil does to those who tolerate it and the usual pre-ratings absence of frontal nudity, baroque sexuality, and self-medication with heroin. Good beat, you can dance to it -- I give it an 85.

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