Hell to Eternity
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Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Vic Damone and George Takei star in this hard-hitting war story based on the life of a boy raised by a Japanese family in Los Angeles who must fight the nation and culture he knows and loves -- From Hell to Eternity.Taken in as a homeless boy on the streets of Los Angeles, Guy Gabaldon (Jeffrey Hunter--King of Kings) was raised in a Japanese-American family with George (George Takei--"Star Trek") as his brother. Drafted and sent to Hawaii just before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Guy must face the reality of fighting the Japanese -- and the fact that his knowledge of the language makes him invaluable to the United States war effort.]]>
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The movie begins with Gabaldon as a boy living in a troubled street in Los Angeles. He is homeless, friendless, and more than a little filled with rage at a world that has no place for a poor boy of mixed Hispanic origin. A Japanese family sees worth in him, and much as Don Corleone did with Tom Hagen in THE GODFATHER, agree to take him in and raise him as one of their own. The adult Gabaldon is played by Jeffrey Hunter, who has the uneviable task of playing Gabaldon at varying times in a psychologically varying condition. Gabaldon learns to speak fluent Japanese and his face beams with delight as he addresses his adopted matriarch as 'Mama-san.' Life in the United States is indeed sweet, at least until Pearl Harbor, when he is swept up into the maelstrom of war. He does not relish the thought of fighting his adopted people, and he suffers greatly from the image of shooting at Japanese soldiers. During his initial introduction to training, he is befriended by a pre-Fugitive David Janssen, who shows him the ropes of being a soldier. Gabaldon learns to count on Janssen as a soldier, a friend, savior. During a vicious battle, Gabaldon sees Janssen gunned down right in front of him, and at that point, his world view is turned upside down. He now hates the Japanese with a ferocity that amazes even his friends.Read more ›
This movie was insipred by a real-life Marine, Guy Gabaldon , a Mexican-American Marine from East Los Angeles. PFC Gabaldon " Maverick Marine" was credited with the capture of 1500 Japanese soldiers. He was initially awarded the Silver Star then later upgraded to the Navy Cross. Efforts have been made to petion for him to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
More interesting reading can be found in Guy Gabaldon's autobiography book "Saipan, Suicide Island".
It might help you to know that Guy approved of the movie and had no qualms about Jeffrey Hunter portraying an Italian American as himself. He was proud of the movie and proud of being a Marine.
Many years later when I looked him up and got to meet him and his beloved wife, he spoke of how the tragic death of that little girl on Saipan touched his heart and began to allow something mysterious to happen. He said that as she died, he prayed for her and felt God's presence.
That incident, along with the horrific sight and sounds of women and children being thrown or jumping to their deaths from the cliffs of Saipan, convinced him that in spite of military orders and strategies which were not working very well, (he was always "thinking outside the box"), there had to be a way to save civilians, as well as his fellow Marine and enemies' lives. And that is what he did as the "Pied Piper of Saipan, capturing over 800 enemy soldiers alive and marching them single-handedly as POW's.
This movie is worth watching simply because it is a true one about an American boy who embarks on the classic "Hero's Journey".
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I really did not want to give this a star at all .....our first purchase had to be returned because it did not work and our second one had to be returned because it did not work... Read morePublished 2 months ago by tom uebel
An excellent movie with many star actors. However, it follows the usual formula of Basic Training, Leave, then battle scenes like most war movies made in the sixties. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ricardo
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