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Between Heaven and Hell (1956)

The spoiled rich son of a wealthy Southerner is changed by his experiences in the Pacific during World War II.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Harry Brown (screenplay), Francis Gwaltney (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Wagner ... Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford
Terry Moore ... Jenny Gifford
Broderick Crawford ... Capt. 'Waco' Grimes - 'G' Co. CO
Buddy Ebsen ... Pvt. Willie Crawford
Robert Keith ... Col. Cousins
Brad Dexter ... Lt. Joe 'Little Joe' Johnson
Mark Damon ... Pvt. Terry - Co. G
Ken Clark ... Morgan
Harvey Lembeck ... Pvt. Bernard 'Bernie' Meleski - Co. G
Skip Homeier ... Pvt. Swanson - Co. G
L.Q. Jones ... Pvt. Kenny - Co. G
Tod Andrews ... Lt. Ray Mosby
Biff Elliot ... Tom Thumb - Co. G
Bart Burns ... Pvt. Raker - Co. G
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Storyline

Sam Gifford remembers : In prewar years he was an arrogant southern cotton plantation owner, married to the daughter of a colonel. At the beginning of the war he was mobilized with his National Guard unit as a sergeant. Came the day when, revolted by the cowardice of his lieutenant, who had fired at his own men, he hit him. Downgraded, he was sent to a disciplinary battalion. Sam now discovers his new detachment, his new commanding officer, just another cowardly brute, Captain Waco Grimes. While in combat, Sam will gradually become closer to the privates, working-class people he used to despise. He will become another man, a better man. Written by Guy Bellinger

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From the best-selling novel of young love in war! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

4 January 1957 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Zwijgend heldendom See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,520,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie's title is taken from an expression that means purgatory. See more »

Goofs

In the cast listing, Robert Wagner is listed as Sfc/Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford. He should be listed as T/Sgt/Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford. The rank Sfc (Sergeant First Class) did not exist during WWII. At that time it was T/Sgt (Technical Sergeant). See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: An Island in the Pacific 1945 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

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Among the Best War Movies
21 July 2006 | by ThosleSee all my reviews

I have a large collection of war movies and consider this one to be among the best ever made. Many of the war movies have what I consider to be too many flashback scenes of home and try to become love stories with a few battle scenes. These scenes in Between Heaven and Hell actually have a real purpose in the story. More than any war movie that I have seen, this one shows a trend in American history that is often overlook—the fact that wars and the men who serve in them traditionally return home with a more egalitarian outlook, hungry to reform the society that they left. Between Heaven and Hell shows a man's transformation into a better person as a result of his war experiences. Sam Gifford is a man on the edge of breaking from the strain of war. He has experienced loss and hardship and realized that in the past he has been the unnecessary source of it for others. Between Heaven and Hell has a psychological realism that most war movies lack. It shows war heroes for what they are—men who rise above their ordinary selves to do extraordinary things in adversity. This is great story telling with great characters.


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