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Hell to Eternity (1960)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 1 August 1960 (USA)
When his adoptive Japanese-American family is sent to Manzanar after Pearl Harbor, a young Chicano enlists in the marines to become a hero in the Battle of Saipan.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Guy Gabaldon
... Sgt. Bill Hazen
... Cpl. Pete Lewis
... Sheila Lincoln
... Guy - as a Boy
... Capt. Schwabe
... Leonard
Michi Kobi ... Sono
George Shibata ... Kaz Une
... Famika
Richard Gardner ... Polaski
Bob Okazaki ... Papa Une
George Matsui ... George - as a Boy
Nicky Blair ... Martini
... George Une (as George Takai)
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True life story of Guy Gabaldon, a Los Angeles Hispanic boy raised in the 1930s by a Japanese-American foster family. Later, during the war, as his foster parents are interned at a camp for Japanese Americans, Gabaldon's ability to speak Japanese helps him become a lone-operating Marine hero. During the bloody capture of the island of Saipan, he convinces 800 Japanese to surrender after their general commits suicide. Written by Anonymous

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THE MARINES' BATTLE CRY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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$800,000 (estimated)
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On July 8, 1944, Pfc. Guy Gabaldon single-handedly brought in 800 Japanese prisoners. He is credited with a total of 1,500 from June to August, 1944 from Saipan and Tinian islands. See more »

Goofs

The ship shown off shore of the cliffs of Saipan is the minesweeper U.S.S. Lucid (MSO-458) which was commissioned in 1955, ten years after the end of WWII. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Schwabe: Lewis? How's it going? Says here you were shot in the ashcan.
Pete: Not bad, sir. Could have been a howitzer.
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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 1 September 1960 (1960) See more »

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I was there
28 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I have been trying to buy this movie but the prices are out of reach. I was on Okinawa in 1960 when this movie was filmed. Our battalion was the first to occupy the brand new barracks at Camp Schwabb. A lot of us marines were chosen to be in the Japanese army because of our looks or physical stature. yes I played the part of a Japanese soldier and during the bonsai attack I was killed. I must say I died very dramatically. I had the pleasure of meeting Jeffery Hunter, David Janssen, and Vic Damone. I think the movie was pretty good even though some important parts were omitted. I have read several articles on the life of Guy Gabaldon and he looked nothing like Jeffery Hunter. Have a nice day.


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