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Five Gates to Hell (1959)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 23 September 1959 (USA)
A small group of Red Cross doctors and nurses are held captive by Chinese guerillas in Vietnam


James Clavell


James Clavell


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Complete credited cast:
Dolores Michaels ... Athena
Patricia Owens ... Joy
Neville Brand ... Chen Pamok
Ken Scott ... Dr. John Richter
Nobu McCarthy ... Chioko
Benson Fong ... Gung Sa
Nancy Kulp ... Susette
John Morley John Morley ... Dr. Jacques Minelle
Gerry Gaylor Gerry Gaylor ... Greta
Shirley Knight ... Sister Maria
Greta Chi Greta Chi ... Yoette
Linda Wong Linda Wong ... Ming Cha
Irish McCalla ... Sister Magdalena


A small group of Red Cross doctors and nurses are held captive by Chinese guerillas in Vietnam

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Release Date:

23 September 1959 (USA) See more »

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5 vie per l'inferno See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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grim but entertaining war story
19 November 2004 | by SkraggSee all my reviews

I first saw it very early (about 1970), and didn't see it again (as far as I know) until just a few years ago, but somehow the general idea of it always stayed with me. There have been many movies, I think, about women guerrilla fighters, but as far as I know, they usually do it for patriotic reasons. These women were doing it partly to stay alive and partly to get even, which gave it a different "feel", along with the fact that they were NURSES turned guerrilla fighters. Because of this, in the back of my mind, I always think of it as an exploitation film (the kind about "girl gangs" and so on). Which are fine with me, but it isn't one. It also isn't a "yellow peril" story, or really any kind of propaganda film (for France or any other country being in Vietnam). And where else can you see Nancy Kulp (Miss Hathaway) holding a hand grenade? (Unless maybe in some broad comedy routine.) And in how many other films (until a few years later) would you see a nun firing a machine gun? (Even though she did it very briefly.) And I know that people either laugh or get mad when they see an Asian (or in this case Eurasian) character played by a Western actor, but Neville Brand was very good in the part (again, he wasn't a "yellow peril" villain and nothing else). It isn't a perfect movie, but I think it mainly works.

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