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
Each company in the U.S. Army, and in the U.S. Marines, has a specific number of .30-cal. machine guns. Crew-served weapons are very useful to repel a banzai charge like the one seen in this movie. For some reason, though, there were no light or heavy (.50-cal) machine guns in the hands of the Americans. See more »
Even with that gun in your hand, you are captured. Hmm.
[he attempts to leave, but Gabby blocks him]
Soldier, your sergeant failed to get through. You have lost, but because you have great courage, I admire that. I'll let you live - for now.
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"Hell to Eternity" represents a true story of spiritual development in an individual involved in a spiritual conflict from the beginning of the film to it's conclusion. It depicts a real person, Guy Gabaldon, who was raised in California by a Japanese family and his reluctance to kill the Japanese enemy in WWII, a hardening of his heart and a means of reconciliation that borders on miraculous. The movie is able to capture the full impact of this part of a man's life. This is a great war film without the impact of Audie Murphy's story in "To Hell and Back" (1955) only because that film starred the hero that wrote the book about his personal exploits. The movie "Hell to Eternity" still stands out as a great biography of an American hero, Guy Gabaldon!
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