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To Hell and Back (1955)

Approved | | Action, Biography, Drama | 18 October 1955 (Japan)
The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.

Director:

Jesse Hibbs

Writers:

Gil Doud (written for the screen by), Audie Murphy (autobiography "To Hell And Back")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie Murphy ... Audie Murphy
Marshall Thompson ... Johnson
Charles Drake ... Brandon
Jack Kelly ... Kerrigan
Gregg Palmer ... Lt. Manning
Paul Picerni ... Valentino
David Janssen ... Lt. Lee
Richard Castle Richard Castle ... Kovak
Bruce Cowling ... Capt. Marks
Paul Langton ... Col. Howe
Art Aragon Art Aragon ... Sanchez
Felix Noriego Felix Noriego ... Swope
Denver Pyle ... Thompson
Brett Halsey ... Saunders
Susan Kohner ... Maria
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Storyline

True-life account of the military career of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in WWII. Native of Texas, he was placed in charge of his many younger siblings on the death of his mother and decided to join the military at the age of 18 to provide for them. His many acts of bravery and heroism during the US military advance through Italy, France and into Germany earn him increasing rank and responsibility as well as the respect of his comrades in arms. Eventually he receives two dozen of the highest medals the US and France can bestow, culminating in the awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The Exciting True-Life Story Of America's Most Decorated Hero


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

18 October 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

L'enfer des hommes See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (1939 Reissue) (Western Electric Recording) (Stereo)| Stereo (1939 Reissue) (Stereo)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was a box-office hit for Universal Pictures and its record was apparently not broken until Jaws (1975). See more »

Goofs

The farmer that Audie goes to work for said he quit school to join the military in the great war, WW1, if he was 17 when he quit, he would have been around 40 when WW2 started, but he looks at least 60. See more »

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Kerrigan: [Observing the starving Italian orphans picking through garbagr cans] They picked a great time to be born, didn't they?
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A movie given a great boost by Life magazine
7 June 2005 | by rkdoidgeSee all my reviews

Quite often I see a movie then seek out the book but when I came to the US from Canada when I was 13 the first purchase I made was the paperback version of "To Hell and Back" ($0.35). Of course Audie Murphy is perfectly cast and gives a performance far superior to any of his subsequent movie roles. The others, notably Marshall Thompson, Jack Kelly, David Janssen and Art Aragon give satisfying performances. In many ways this was the "Saving Private Ryan" of its time for its "realistic" portrayal of the foot soldier in WW 2. Life magazine boosted the audience for this film when it put Murphy on the cover and emphasized that the story was true. I think that it works because Murphy doesn't look like the typical movie hero. The book is once again available in a new larger page-size paperback.


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