Hell to Eternity (1960)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], War Drama  |   Release Date - Sep 30, 1960 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 132 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This standard wartime drama is divided into three chronological segments and is based on the experiences of the real Guy Gabaldon (played as an adult by Jeffrey Hunter, and as a boy by Richard Eyer). In the first segment, Guy is a homeless waif without many prospects when he is adopted by a Japanese-American family. He grows up just in time to be drafted into battle in World War II -- the bombing of Pearl Harbor has a particularly devastating effect on his family and their friends. After a wild last fling with two buddies (David Janssen and Vic Damone) and some women, Guy heads off to war where he distinguishes himself because of his fluency in Japanese.

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war, activism, adoption, courage, Marines, pacifism, POW/MIA