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Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: May 22, 2001

Budget $2,500,000

Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Country USA

Studio Universal

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• Hell Is for Heroes



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Genre: War, Drama, World War II, Military, Deception

Tagline: Great new stars! Great new roles! Great new hit!

Plot: A perfect example of what critic Manny Farber once described as "termite art"--that which burrows under and gets inside its subject rather than indulging in rhetoric--HELL IS FOR HEROES stars Steve McQueen as the rebellious G.I. John Reese. In the fall of 1944, he's busted from staff sergeant back to private for drunkenness and is sent back to his former outfit, currently stationed near the Siegfried Line in Montigny. Reese's bitterness about his demotion isolates him from the rest of the squad, although they've observed his courage under fire in previous combat missions. When the unit is assigned to defend an area facing a German pillbox, Reese's skills become evident. He advises squad leader Sgt. Larkin (Harry Guardino) on a ruse that creates the illusion that their unit is much larger than it is, temporarily deflecting an attack. The squad has been ordered to simply hold their ground, but believing it's only a matter of time before the Germans discover that they've been deceived, Reese leads an attack on the pillbox. McQueen is excellent in this solid, realistic grunt's-eye-view of combat, which suggests that sociopaths make the best soldiers. James Coburn and Mike Kellin do fine work, and Bob Newhart is featured in a strangely anomalous comic turn.

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 Directed by
Don Siegel
Dirty Harry, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Escape from Alcatraz
 Written by
Richard Carr
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Robert Pirosh
A Day at the Races, Battleground, A Gathering of Eagles
 Cast
Steve McQueen
The Great Escape, Papillon, The Magnificent Seven
Fess Parker
Them!, Old Yeller, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
James Coburn
Monsters, Inc., The Great Escape, Eraser
Bob Newhart
In & Out, Elf, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
Bobby Darin
Come September, Captain Newman, M.D., State Fair
Harry Guardino
Dirty Harry, The Enforcer, Any Which Way You Can
Mike Kellin
Midnight Express, Sleepaway Camp, The Boston Strangler
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 Music By
Leonard Rosenman
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