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Hell to Eternity (1960)

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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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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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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Trivia

Tsuru Aoki, who plays Mother Une, was in real life married to Sessue Hayakawa, who plays Gen. Matsui. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gen. Matsui: Even with that gun in your hand, you are captured. Hmm.
[laughs]
Gen. Matsui: It's over!
[he attempts to leave, but Gabby blocks him]
Gen. Matsui: 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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Connections

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

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Tribute to an American hero
11 June 1999 | by Richard-122See all my reviews

"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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