Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

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Small squad must hold off German attack.


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19 July 2004 | jlpicard1701E
Tiny war movie, big meaning...
Hell is for Heroes is indeed a statement.

A year before the release of "The Great Escape", Steve McQueen starred in a quite different role and kind of war movie.

A squad of G.I.'s, cut off from its lines has to convince the Germans that they actually are the main strike force and in order to do so they have to permanently keep them on their toes.

A bunch of brave but desperate soldiers with a limited armament and scarce ammunition holding in check a still well equipped and greatly outnumbering German Army? Unthinkable? Watch this movie and learn.

These are all poor guys who, against their will and against all odds have to choose how to die. There's no right or wrong. Their heroic actions originate from the desperate hope to keep alive a little bit longer, even if just for an hour, a minute, a second...

This is also war. Sometimes you simply can't choose your destiny. You simply are and simply want to remain... alive.

It's a simple straight forward story that could very well be an ideal companion to two other movies of this kind: "The Men", starring Marlon Brando and "Attack!", starring Jack Palance.

It's the first time I have watched it on DVD and I was highly impressed by its quality. Unfortunately there are no extras, nor documentaries, whether of the movie or of that Historical period.

It would be nice if the Studios included some documentary footage referring to the various war movies made.

For instance, how would you like if 20th Century-Fox included some news or documentary reels on the actual attack on Pearl Harbor with "Tora! Tora! Tora!" for you to compare reality with recreated fiction?

Or further, wouldn't you love to have footage of the actual Battle of Midway with Universal's "Midway", or the battle at Kasserine Pass with "Patton" or "The Big Red One"?

Sometimes it's not enough to have trailers included, a bit of history and culture, combined with entertainment wouldn't be so bad after all.

Pity, but still worth your hard earned money.

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