Hell to Eternity (1960)


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Walter Robert Schmidt, Ted Sherdeman, Walter Roeber Schmidt
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On DVD: Jun 5, 2007


as Guy Gabaldon

as Pete

as Gen. Matsui

as Guy as a Boy

as Capt. Schwabe

as Leonard

as Mother Une

as Fumiko

as Papa Une

as George as a Boy

as Semperi
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Critic Reviews for Hell to Eternity

All Critics (2)

Earns its stripes by painting the Japanese-Americans during World War II in a positive light and for its relentless attack against racism.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Powerful anti-war drama, with a unique point of view on Japanese-American relations.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Hell to Eternity


One of the first films to address the injustice of the WWII internment camps for Japanese Americans. Poorly named Hell To Eternity is a Hollywoodized version of the true story of Guy Gabaldon, a Hispanic boy who was adopted and raised by a Japanese family during the Great Depression. Gabaldon served as an interpreter in the U.S. Marine Corps, ultimately saving many American lives.

This film struggles to find it's identity. It seems as though it can't decide whether it wants to be a socio-political drama or an action-packed war picture. The two concepts never effectively merge. They just seem stacked, one on top of the other. The result is a film that sometimes flows, sometimes flounders.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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