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Hell to Eternity

Directed by Phil Karlson
United States, 1960
Drama, Biography, War


When his Japanese-American foster family is sent to an internment camp, young Guy is drafted into the Marines in this drama based on a true story. A Mexican-American, Guy becomes a hero for his efforts as a Japanese interpreter.

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Hell to Eternity Directed by Phil Karlson

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1961 | Nominee: Most Promising Newcomer - Male

Critics reviews

Seen today, it is both moving and ungainly, the intimacy of its early sections giving way to cliché and overlong drunken sailor routines, only to regain its footing with the nearly wordless battle sequences. The movie works best for me in its early sections, with Gil getting to know the Une family, and both assimilating in the other’s direction.
November 21, 2017
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