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War Is Hell (1961)

During the Korean War, a glory-hunting sergeant leads his platoon on a mission against the enemy--not telling them that a cease-fire has just been declared--so that he can win medals. ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Baynes Barron ... Sgt. Garth
Michael Bell ... Seldon
Bobby Byles Bobby Byles ... Gresler
Wally Campo Wally Campo ... Laney
Kei Thin Chung Kei Thin Chung ... Korean Lieutenant (as Kei Chung)
J.J. Dahner J.J. Dahner ... Koller
Judy Dan Judy Dan ... Yung Chi Thomas
Robert Howard Robert Howard ... Connors
Audie Murphy ... Narrator
Russ Prescott Russ Prescott ... Bender
Tony Rich Tony Rich ... Miller
Tony Russel Tony Russel ... Sgt. Keefer
Paul Sheriff Paul Sheriff ... Thurston
Burt Topper Burt Topper ... Lt. Hallen
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During the Korean War, a glory-hunting sergeant leads his platoon on a mission against the enemy--not telling them that a cease-fire has just been declared--so that he can win medals. Trouble arises when some members of platoon begin to suspect that something is fishy. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Dramatic Foreward by AUDIE MURPHY America's Most Decorated War Hero! See more »

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Drama | War

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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War Hero See more »

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$47,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Formerly offered in 8mm and Super 8 home movie versions. See more »

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Featured in Four Days in November (1964) See more »

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I saw it 30 years ago; here's what I remember...
20 April 2004 | by mk4625See all my reviews

The only claim to fame of "War is Hell" is that it was one of the movies that was playing at the Texas Theatre where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested minutes after allegedly killing Officer Tippit.

The villain is a sergeant who is thirsty for decorations. He receives a radio message which advises him that the cease fire is now in effect. The sergeant does not tell the other members of the platoon. He wants the war to continue so that he can win medals.

The sergeant volunteers to inspect a farmhouse and is surprised by several North Korean soldiers who offer him a drink. After all, the war is over. He guns down all of the enemy.

While the platoon is loitering outside the house, a bespectacled private (named Gress?) steps on a mine. There is a smoking blackened crater where Gress' legs were. In a harrowing scene, the sergeant attempts to probe through the minefield to rescue Gress. However Gress' thrashing sets off another mine which kills him instantly.

At some point the lieutenant (an older veteran who has risen through the ranks) discovers the deception, so the sergeant kills him. Another sergeant suspects something is fishy about the lieutenant's death and writes a note detailing his suspicions "To whom it may concern: In the event of my death..."

Some time later, the remnants of the platoon, including the scheming sergeant, are killed in a gunbattle with enemy who apparently don't know that the war is over either. The sergeant who wrote the note and a young Korean girl the platoon picked up earlier are the only survivors. As he lays dying, the villain boasts of all the medals he's going to receive.


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