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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)

Writers:

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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Some of the most exciting young stars of our time to hit it big in a hit for all ages! 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

Don Siegel says in his biography that the censors wanted to eliminate the words "damn" and "hell" from the script, because they considered them as outrageous. But Siegel insisted that they remain and they finally did. See more »

Goofs

When laying out the ammo boxes connected to wires: A) It is night but there are obvious shadows B) The wire reels movement does not correspond to man movement. While moving through rough country, the wire spools unroll rather smoothly. C) When the lines are laid, the hands shaking the wires move only slightly, but the ammo boxes shake wildly. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Dave Corby: Hey, how you doin', buddy? As you can see, we eat very well around here. Hey, on the up and up, if there's anything you might need, I'm the guy to see around here. If I don't have it, I can get it for you.
Pvt. John Reese: Beat it.
Pvt. Dave Corby: Oh, excuse me. I didn't recognize you, General.
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Crazy Credits

And Introducing Bob Newhart See more »

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Spoofed in The Joey Bishop Show: Joey's Dramatic Debut (1963) See more »

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Fine war film
22 May 2004 | by Duke-102See all my reviews

Very underrated film, excellent action, realistic, with frantic battles and lulls where we get to see the various personalities of the excellent cast. McQueen is a hard nosed bitter Sarge - tough, would kill you as soon as look at you. Great comic touches too, a fine Siegel film. War drama at its best.

Black and white film is most effective. Like the film Battleground only not in the winter. There is good dialogue with the GI's - Bob Newhart is real funny.

Very violent, with nice action sequences - almost too intense. Do not see an edited version. See the real thing.


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