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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.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Ted Sherdeman (screenplay), Walter Roeber Schmidt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Hunter ... Guy Gabaldon
David Janssen ... Sgt. Bill Hazen
Vic Damone ... Cpl. Pete Lewis
Patricia Owens ... Sheila Lincoln
Richard Eyer ... Guy - as a Boy
John Larch ... Capt. Schwabe
Bill Williams ... Leonard
Michi Kobi Michi Kobi ... Sono
George Shibata George Shibata ... Kaz Une
Reiko Sato ... Famika
Richard Gardner Richard Gardner ... Polaski
Bob Okazaki Bob Okazaki ... Papa Une
George Matsui George Matsui ... George - as a Boy
Nicky Blair Nicky Blair ... Martini
George Takei ... George Une (as George Takai)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

SAIPAN! RED BEACH TWO! The Roughest, Toughest Combat Marines Ever To Storm A Beachhead Inferno! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

1 August 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Call See more »

Filming Locations:

Palos Verdes, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Atlantic Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: This is the story of an immortal fighting man of World War II. Many who never even knew Guy Gabaldon are alive at the present time because of him. Though this United States Marine's deeds came into history's sharp focus on the bloodied hills of Saipan, his story starts in the melting pot of East Los Angeles during the great depression of the early Thirties. See more »

Goofs

After the fight scene at the beginning of the movie, young Guy wipes off the blood on his mouth. In the next scene, it is back. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Matsui: [saddened by seeing his men surrender] This is not a pretty sight for me to see.
Guy Gabaldon: Neither was Pearl Harbor!
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Connections

Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 1 September 1960 (1960) See more »

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A true story that is drama filled and heartbreaking
20 January 2004 | by mpdeatonSee all my reviews

I saw the movie many years ago and would love to have this movie on DVD. Jeffrey Hunter looses his best friend, David Janson, to the enemy and after that develops a deep hatred for the Japeneese. At times risking his own life to flush them out of their hiding places and kill them. At one point where he is watching the japeneese women and children hurl themselves off of the cliffs rather then be captured, he sees his own adopted Japenese family back in the states. An excellent movie that I would go the the movies to see again.


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