Hell to Eternity

Hell to Eternity

Phil Karlson (1960)

X Certificate


Our Score
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.


An American man raised by Japanese foster parents finds his loyalties divided when his family is sent to an internment camp in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attacks. He is drafted into the army, where his knowledge of the Japanese language proves invaluable on the front line. Second World War drama, with David Janssen, Jeffrey Hunter, Vic Damone and Patricia Owens.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Phil Karlson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Warner Pathe LtdGuidance: Edited for violence and sexual situation.