Hell Is for Heroes Reviews
A small squadron of GIs are asked to hold a pass from a group of incoming German troops. Morale is low because the troops anticipated going home and matters aren't helped by a rebellious soldier being added to the group. The German infantry are in greater numbers then they anticipate and the soldiers will have to decide to follow leadership or the rebel. The rebel's plan seems like their only hope for survival.
"He had a great system, Sarge; he just never worried about anything."
Don Siegel, director of Dirty Harry, Escape from Alcatraz, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), The Shootist, No Time for Flowers, and The Verdict, delivers Hell is for Heroes. The storyline for this picture is better than average and fun to watch unfold. The script was okay and the character development was better than average. The cast delivers good performances and includes Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Bob Newhart, Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, and Harry Guardino.
I came across this on Netflix and had to give this Steve McQueen picture a viewing (I'm a fan of his work). Overall, this was very average and just okay, but the character interactions were solid and the end was very intense and fun to watch unfold. I would recommend giving this a viewing but I did not feel it was a classic.
"That's what makes a good soldier, you're very observant."
also stars Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, Nick Adams, Mike Kellin, James Coburn, Joseph Hoover, Bill Mullikin, L.Q. Jones, Michele Montau, Don Haggerty, Bob Newhart and Stephen Ferry.
directed by Don Siegel.
Solid performances all round. Steve McQueen, whose movie career was still fairly young at the time, displays the cool character that would become his trademark. Also features James Coburn in one of his earliest movie roles (though he had appeared in many TV series by then) and Bob Newhart in his very first movie role.