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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.

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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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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:

Blazing With an Inferno of Flame and Violence! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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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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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bob Newhart's reference to "Blanke the cook" almost cracked up producer Henry Blanke who was listening to the monologue with the rest of the crew. See more »

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During the final charge on the pillbox, no German machine gun shown firing from the pillbox. The gun would have to be placed so the barrel would be outside the opening for maximum effect. See more »

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Pfc. James E. Driscoll: Oh, they're supposed to taste like potato soup?
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This would be a PG-13 today
8 July 2006 | by jawlawSee all my reviews

I saw this as a child and remember how grisly the action was. At the time, of course, war movies were really my thing since my Father, and most of my friends' fathers had fought in WWII. I then (and now) loved the pure and believable action to be found in many war films. "Heroes" was particularly violent for its time. German soldiers are graphically burned to death with flame throwers, shot to pieces with tommy guns, and cut to ribbons with a machete. The action was especially graphic for when this film was made and I am very surprised so much intense violence got past the censors.

I think the high resentments still around "post war" account for this. People wanted to see the Nazis get their well deserved violent end. The film is a good depiction of war and what it does to the men who are on the front lines. I am amazed when I watch it to see what a good actor Bobby Darin was and how well newcomer Boby Newhart did in his comic relief role. Steve McQueen and James Coburn were just about to hit their stride. They both give memorable performances--especially McQueen who is the dark hero. Harry Guardino, who would later work for director Seigel in Dirty Harry, is also a sympathetic figure. He was such an underrated character actor. The American soldiers depicted in the film are a good cross section of America as it was constituted in the 40's. If you love war films, and have not seen this one, go out of your way to do so. This is, I think, the best of the low budget black and white war films of the 50's and early 60's.


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