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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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Taglines:

Blazing With an Inferno of Flame and Violence! 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

Both Bob Newhart and Fess Parker recalled that the film ended abruptly due to Paramount shortening the production of the film for financial reasons. See more »

Goofs

McQueen's weapon of choice is his M3 'Grease gun' submachine gun. Yet he carries ammunition pouches for rifle ammunition (5-8 round clips) not 32 round M3 submachine gun clips. See more »

Quotes

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 was type!
Sgt. Jim Larkin: Man, we're gonna give you on the job training.
Pvt. Dave Corby: What's up, Sergeant?
Sgt. Jim Larkin: Take this man over to that foxhole next to Reese and teach him how to shoot.
Pvt. Dave Corby: [Larkin hands him Driscoll's brand new rifle] With this here? It might get dirty.
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McQueen's Got The Moves
13 May 2005 | by HalfCenturySee all my reviews

Steve McQueen is the reason to watch this movie. As some of these recent Docs on McQueen point out, he researched his moves, how to plausibly use his hardware and props and look very cool doing it. Turning his part into something he can omit unnecessary duologue from while he does physical stuff. His Reese is a hardcore guy with no room for nonsense or humor. When the Nick Adams character, a puppy dog native trying to adopt the unit as an ersatz GI, tries to ingratiate himself with Reese, Reese says "If I see you at the front, I'll Kill you myself." With that 1000 mile stare very few tough guys really master. And a goofy detail that I associate with this movie and the McQueen body/instrument. McQueen scrambles over to another foxhole and drops his weight into a perfect glide on his knees coming down the dirt bank. A hiss of contact that is pure grace, pure athleticism. Dumb detail but exactly the kind of stuff you're absorbing while you watch McQueen. I wish Don Siegel could have worked with McQueen on other projects. They both had a larger than life style that still kept it real.


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