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Heroes Die Young (1960)

Approved | | Action, War | 22 May 1960 (USA)
Eight American soldiers, commanded by Lt. Eason, are chosen to infiltrate the Ploesti oil field in order to set signal fires to guide Allied bombers to Germany's most closely guarded target... See full summary »

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(as Gerald S. Shepard)

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(original story and screenplay) (as Gerald S. Shepard)
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Robert Getz ...
Hoofer
Roger Browne ...
Mule (as Bill Browne)
James Strother ...
Lt. Easton
Malcolm Smith ...
Sgt. Phelps
Don Joslyn ...
Sweitzer
Arthur Tenen ...
Wilson
Chick Bilyeu ...
Col. Banners
Jack Card ...
Sayer
Hoofer the Mule ...
Boozie
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Eight American soldiers, commanded by Lt. Eason, are chosen to infiltrate the Ploesti oil field in order to set signal fires to guide Allied bombers to Germany's most closely guarded target of the war. When landing in Roumania, they are supposed to be met by a partisan as their guide, but he has been killed by an Allied air-raid, and they are met instead by his daughter Nitza, who is very hostile to the Americans as she blames them for the death of her father. As they make their way to the oil field, Nitza and Manjack fall in love. He is killed in a skirmish with German troops and, as a dying wish, asks Nitza to continue with the group and help them with their mission. She does, the signal fires are set and Ploesti is destroyed. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A wildcat girl who started on the world's most dangerous mission! See more »

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Action | War

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22 May 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I efodos ton kommandos  »

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Got a favorable review from a Finnish critic
31 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I just spotted while browsing through some old newspapers that a Finnish reviewer spotted some talent in this. He wrote that this was a critical and uncompromising take at war and its heroics, even though the film was poorly made. The later half was worse, he wrote, but he gave praise to the first half, comparing it with Burt Topper's War Hero from 1958. The Finnish reviewer in question (won't give out his name, since I don't have his permission) was always on the lookout for unhidden gems in the American B-movie productions, hailing praise for films like Carnival of Souls. I don't know what he would think of this now, but may have to ask him. It seems funny that besides this Shepard directed only the Monkees TV show. Go figure. I haven't seen Heroes Die Young myself.


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