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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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Taglines:

THE MARINES' BATTLE CRY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps) 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

Several hundred veterans of the Japanese Imperial Army took part in the re-creation of the Battle of Saipan, which was filmed on Okinawa. In addition, about 500 U.S. Marines from Camp Hansen on the island were used in this film. See more »

Goofs

None of the howitzers recoil when fired, even though they all should. The blast and smoke are a special effect. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Matsui: The was 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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Hell to Eternity
7 October 2006 | by texohioSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie many times in the 60's and 70's at the theater, on television, and on VHS. I grew up watching WWII movies and remember this as one that had a special appeal to me. I guess because I lived in Japan in the 1950's and visited some of the locales from the movie. The acting was well done and the story was well told and realistic. It is interesting to view the cast when they were relatively new to movies. David Janssen and Vic Damone stand out in my memory and Jeffrey Hunter was always a class act in films. I highly recommend seeing it if possible. I do find it hard to believe that it is called a "lost classic" and runs so high for a copy. Anyone know where I could get a cheaper copy, I would like to hear from you.


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