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Hell Is for Heroes

Hell Is for Heroes

Don Siegel (1962)

86min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Having already won a screenwriting Oscar for Battleground (1949), Robert Pirosh here came up with an even more uncompromising insight into the terrifying uncertainty and sudden brutality of frontline life. Never one to shy away from violence, director Don Siegel builds steadily towards the pitiless battle sequences by allowing us to get to know the members of the small unit ordered to overpower a German pillbox, whose only hope of survival is to mislead the Germans into believing they are a much more substantial force. Steve McQueen is overly intense and Bob Newhart's comic monologue a mite ill-judged, but James Coburn and the rest of the cast are superb.

Summary

A rebellious soldier defies orders to lead two men on a secret attack on a German pillbox, but his mission fails and the other two soldiers are killed. Court-martialled for his actions, he remains convinced his plan was sound and ignores the sentence to make a second attempt at destroying the emplacement. Second World War adventure, with Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Bobby Darin.

Cast & Crew

Reese Steve McQueen
Cpl Henshaw James Coburn
Pte Corby Bobby Darin
Sgt Larkin Harry Guardino
Pte Kolinsky Mike Kellin
Sgt Pike Fess Parker
Capt Loomis Joseph Hoover
Pte Cumberly Bill Mullikin
Director Don Siegel
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service Ltd Guidance: Contains violence. Available on: Available on DVD

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