Hell Is for Heroes

Hell Is for Heroes

Don Siegel (1962)

86min
A 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 (1)
Private Corby Bobby Darin
Sergeant Pike Fess Parker
Sergeant Larkin Harry Guardino
Corporal Henshaw James Coburn
Private Kolinsky Mike Kellin
Captain Loomis Joseph Hoover
Private Cumberly Bill Mullikin
Sergeant Frazer L Q Jones
Monique Michele Montau
Homer Nick Adams
Private Driscoll Bob Newhart
Captain Mace Don Haggerty
Director Don Siegel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: DVD
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