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Between Heaven and Hell (1956)

Approved | | Drama , War | 1956 (UK)
The spoiled rich son of a wealthy Southerner is changed by his experiences in the Pacific during World War II.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Harry Brown (screenplay), Francis Gwaltney (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Wagner ... Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford
Terry Moore ... Jenny Gifford
Broderick Crawford ... Capt. 'Waco' Grimes - 'G' Co. CO
Buddy Ebsen ... Pvt. Willie Crawford
Robert Keith ... Col. Cousins
Brad Dexter ... Lt. Joe 'Little Joe' Johnson
Mark Damon ... Pvt. Terry - Co. G
Ken Clark ... Morgan
Harvey Lembeck ... Pvt. Bernard 'Bernie' Meleski - Co. G
Skip Homeier ... Pvt. Swanson - Co. G
L.Q. Jones ... Pvt. Kenny - Co. G
Tod Andrews ... Lt. Ray Mosby
Biff Elliot ... Tom Thumb - Co. G
Bart Burns ... Pvt. Raker - Co. G
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Storyline

Sam Gifford remembers : In prewar years he was an arrogant southern cotton plantation owner, married to the daughter of a colonel. At the beginning of the war he was mobilized with his National Guard unit as a sergeant. Came the day when, revolted by the cowardice of his lieutenant, who had fired at his own men, he hit him. Downgraded, he was sent to a disciplinary battalion. Sam now discovers his new detachment, his new commanding officer, just another cowardly brute, Captain Waco Grimes. While in combat, Sam will gradually become closer to the privates, working-class people he used to despise. He will become another man, a better man. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

THE FIERCE FIGHTING FLAMING FURY OF THE SOUTH'S FINEST...THE DIXIE DAREDEVILS WHO BECAME THE HELL-FIGHTERS OF THE PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day the Century Ended See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,520,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Guy Madison was considered for the lead role of Pvt. Sam Gifford, which eventually went to Robert Wagner. See more »

Goofs

The soldiers in this movie are wearing jump type boots. They should be wearing either combat boots or leggings. Jump type boots were not issued until well after WW II. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: An Island in the Pacific 1945 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

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Typical war movie of the fifties
23 September 2000 | by TC-4See all my reviews

I just saw this movie on a premium channel. It was an entertaining piece with the popular TV stars of the time. What it did not like was it was a Cinemascope picture shown in the pan and scan mode. This was especially annoying of the widescreen movies of the fifties since they were trying to really give the impression of widescreen by having a lot of scenes on the extreme ends of the film frame. I don't undertand why the channels that show widescreen movies don't show both versions at different times to please everyone.


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