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Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

Approved | | Drama, War | 26 June 1962 (USA)
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Small squad must hold off German attack.

Director:

Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

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Robert Pirosh (screenplay), Richard Carr (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Reese
Bobby Darin ... Pvt. Corby
Fess Parker ... Sgt. Pike
Harry Guardino ... Sgt. Larkin
James Coburn ... Cpl. Henshaw
Bob Newhart ... Pvt. Driscoll
Nick Adams ... Homer Janeczek
Stephen Ferry Stephen Ferry ... Sgt. Morgan
Mike Kellin ... Pvt. Kolinsky
Simon Prescott ... Thomas
Joseph Hoover Joseph Hoover ... Capt. Loomis
Robert Phillips ... Jeep driver
Bill Mullikin Bill Mullikin ... Pvt. Cumberly
L.Q. Jones ... Supply Sgt. Frazer
Don Haggerty ... Capt. Mace
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Storyline

World War II drama where the action centers around a single maneuver by a squad of GIs in retaliation against the force of the German Siegfried line. Reese joins a group of weary GIs unexpectedly ordered back into the line when on their way to a rest area. While most of the men withdraw from their positions facing a German pillbox at the far side of a mine-field, half a dozen men are left to protect a wide front. By various ruses, they manage to convince the Germans that a large force is still holding the position. Then Reese leads two of the men in an unauthorized and unsuccessful attack on the pillbox, in which the other two are killed; and when the main platoon returns, he is threatened with court-martial. Rather that face the disgrace, and in an attempt to show he was right, he makes a one-man attack on the pillbox. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

The brutal realities that faced every G.I. during World War II See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Polish | German

Release Date:

26 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die ins Gras beißen See more »

Filming Locations:

Cottonwood, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the movie that Tom Hanks ripped for a number of scenes in saving private Ryan. See more »

Goofs

On the line Pike asks Reese what do they have down there? Reese responds "9MM light". The German machine gun would have been either an MG34 or an MG42, both 7.92 X 57MM standard rifle size rounds in German Army. A 9MM is a small pistol round used in machine pistole (burp guns), not in machine guns as "Light" may imply. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Jim Larkin: [after PVT Driscoll crashes his jeep near the front lines, only to have it commandeered by the platoon sergeant, SFC Pike. Without a ride back to the relative safety of Division Headquarters, Driscoll is instantly transformed into a frontline combat troop - albeit untrained] Don't worry about Major Winston. He'll be mighty happy and proud when he hears you've volunteered for combat duty.
Pfc. James E. Driscoll: But sergeant, you don't understand! I was sent to clerk-typist school. That's all I've ever done in the Army....
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And so are straightjackets....
14 February 2003 | by RNearySee all my reviews

Interesting, albeit minor genre war film, which Steve McQueen carries on his back. He plays a latent sociopath who takes command of an isolated squad (with disastrous results) through sheer force of will, when the noncom in charge is killed. It's a chilling, totally convincing performance. The most provocative aspect is the way in which McQueen's GI relates to everybody else in the film - he's the only character who has no conceivable function in any peacetime world. Care is taken to give the men around him some civilian values - Bobby Darin is an urban scrounger; Mike Kellin thinks of his wife in a moment of extremity; Harry Guardino shows reverence in a bombed-out church; Bob Newhart (in a role which is in every other aspect absurd) isn't really a soldier at all. McQueen's character alone is left a cipher, a blank page for the actor to complete.


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