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

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Beyond the Call  »

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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 »

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The tanks used by the Marines were M-48 Patton tanks, which were not produced until 1952, seven years after the war ended. See more »

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Guy Gabaldon: [after shooting two soldiers] I understood that double-crossing speech! These men died without any reason. I didn't want to kill them! You want to go to your army? All right, you go, but I'm going with you to keep you honest, and you're gonna tell those people on this island that the war is over. Now let's move!
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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 1 September 1960 (1960) See more »

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It's been so long since I've seen it.
7 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Huge shame that it is not available on VHS or DVD. I saw it many years ago on TV and enjoyed it immensely. The acting was top notch. I've always liked David Janssen and Patricia Owens (both of whom are dead now, as well as Jeffrey Hunter, who died very tragically). Why does Hollywood refuse to issue certain old movies on media?


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