Hell Is For Heroes

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Product Overview

Exhausted gls are ordered to hold part of the siegfried line guarded by a pillbox.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 40151864
UPC 097360611649
UPC 14 00097360611649
Format DVD
Rating NR
Keywords
Action
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary The two-fisted action team of director Don Siegel and star Steve McQueen (they also paired in BULLITT) takes on the World War II foxhole drama. A group of American G.I.s tries to defend a key battle line against enemy fire, but to do so the men must convince the Nazis that they are a large Allied task force.
Directors
Don Siegel
Actors
Steve McQueen
Cast & Crew
Bobby Darin - Actor
Fess Parker - Actor
Harry Guardino - Actor
James Coburn - Actor
Nick Adams - Actor
Steve McQueen - Actor
Donald Siegal - Director
Harold Lipstein - Director of Photography
Leonard Rosenman - Musical Score
Henry Blanke - Producer
Richard Carr - Writer
Robert Pirosh - Writer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 061164
UPC 00097360611649
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Mono Audio
Product Attributes
Actor Mcqueen,Steve
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Tough, taut WW2 film...
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