Hell to Eternity

  • Phil Karlson (1960)
  • US
  • 133 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Based on a true story of Second World War hero Guy Gabaldon, the film presents a slightly different angle on the war - how the Californian Japanese community was affected by the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Most of the movie, however, is the usual slam-bang battle stuff, until Jeffrey Hunter - with divided loyalties due to his upbringing by Japanese foster parents - uses his knowledge of his adopted tongue to get an enemy battalion to surrender. Two of his buddies are David Janssen (The Fugitive) and Vic Damone, best known as a crooner.

Plot Summary

Biographical Second World War drama starring Jeffrey Hunter and David Janssen. After his mother dies, young tearaway Guy Gabaldon is raised by Japanese-American foster parents. But when they are interned following Pearl Harbor, Guy enlists as a marine and is posted to the Pacific where his ability to speak Japanese makes him a major asset.

Cast and crew

Cast

Guy Gabaldon
Jeffrey Hunter
Bill
David Janssen
Pete
Vic Damone
Sheila
Patricia Owens
Guy as a boy
Richard Eyer
Captain Schwabe
John Larch
Ester
Miiko Taka
General Matsui
Sessue Hayakawa
Mother Une
Tsuru Aoki Hayakawa
Kaz
George Shibata
George
George Takei

Crew

Director
Phil Karlson

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Pathe Ltd
Guidance: 
Edited for violence and sexual situation.
Categories
Drama

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