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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:

The guts! Glory! Gallantry of America's hell-bent for victory Marines! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

There were initially many objections to the striptease dances done by Famika and Sheila, and both were cut considerably in reaction to those objections. 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

Bill: Kill or be killed. That's all you have to remember. Just don't forget it.
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Connections

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

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great movie
6 November 2005 | by nancy-214See all my reviews

My father recommended this movie and I found a copy that I had privilege to watch. It was a great movie that was touching and moving to watch. I never heard of this Hispanic man who was a hero and I think that it should be updated and played today for the newer generation today. This movie starts from the beginning to the end on what the main character went through and why he did what he did. It has much family value no matter what race or color a person is. The war scenes were magnificent even considering the year that the movie was made. I think that if this movie were remade for this day and age with all of the facts in order, that it would be better than some of the war movies that are out now because it is in fact a true story. If you have a chance to see this movie, I rate it a "10".


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