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September 9, 2010
TO HELL AND BACK (1955)
August 17, 2010
audie murphy is playing himself so you believe it
August 16, 2010
Rather a unique movie in which an actor plays himself! It's surprisingly very detailed for a 1950s war film - perhaps even too much so. But this is a solid war film detailing Murphy's exploits in Sicily, Italy and the south of France during WW2. And of course the leading man is perfectly cast!
½ June 5, 2010
I enjoy watching Audie Murphy when he acted in various western movies. I knew that he was a well-decorated military man who later became an actor. I didn't know the details of his military career. This autobiography tells that story ... which is truly remarkable.

I only know two people (Audie Murphy and Jackie Robinson) that played themselves in autobiographical movies. Are there others?

Anyhow, this is a movie well worth watching...
March 7, 2010
Great war movie, played by the hero himself.
February 5, 2010
i loved this movie...
January 15, 2010
This autobiographical account of the exploits of Audie L. Murphy as the most decorated American soldier of World War II makes for a good traditional military movie where everybody obeys orders. RIDE CLEAR OF DIABLO director Jesse Hibbs and SASKATCHEWAN scenarist Gil Doud have fashioned a solid, unpretentious combat movie that opens with a brief prologue about our protagonist and the rigors that he endured as a deprived teenager. Murphy had no father. The man abandoned his family and left them to fend for themselves with our hero setting aside his eighth school education to earn money for his mother and his brothers and sisters. The outbreak of World War II prompted Murphy to enlist, but the Marine Corps and the Navy rejected him for his size. He stood five feet five inches and must have looked even scrawnier in real life. Eventually, Murphy made it into the Army, but Hibbs and Doud skip his basic training and have him showing up in North Africa as a replacement. The commanding officer of the outfit is somewhat surprised when Murphy puts in a request to transfer to the paratroopers. Initially, the C.O. wants to transfer the ailing Murphy out because of his poor health on the trip to North Africa (Murph had never been on a ship) and put him in with the cooks. Murphy asks them to forego any special treatment. Nothing happens for our heroes in North Africa, but they get their taste of combat in Sicily and later the Italian campaign. Everybody in the outfit sets out to protect little Audie, but by the time that it is over, he has risen to the rank of lieutenant and he is the one watching out for them. What sets this combat film apart, aside from its infantry perspective, is the appearance of two genuine Sherman tanks--which while they may not be the same models that plowed through the fields of France--are a rarity in World War II movies, especially during the 1950s. Hibbs includes the famous scene where Murphy single-handedly stalled a German advance by manning a .50 caliber machine gun on a blazing tank. His superior officers wanted to ship Murphy off to West Point, but those ambitious plans were sidetracked when Murphy suffered a war wound that disqualified him for the academy. Marshall Thompson, who played the replacement in the Battle of the Bulge movie BATTLEGROUND is cast as a fellow G.I. along with Jack Kelly who later attained fame on the MAVERICK television series with James Garner. Murphy has a brief interlude with a spunky Italian babe, Maria (Susan Kohner in her film debut), but they never get it on with fireworks to boot. Basically, TO HELL AND BACK covers the war without too much fanfare on the part of the protagonist. The theme of friendship is explored in some detail. Nobody wants to make friends under such stressful conditions because their friends wind up dying under fire and the separation is agonizing for them. The action ends with Murphy receiving his decorations. The Germans are pretty much depicted as extras in long shots without any interaction between themselves or the Americans.
½ December 18, 2009
Brilliant war movie with Audie Murphy playing himself in a story based on his own life during WW2.
½ November 17, 2009
Audie Murphy is a real life badass who plays himself in this film, go and look it up! The directors had to tone down the real story so that it would be believable to a 1950s American audience.
September 13, 2009
I doubt it's very often that a war hero gets the chance to portray himself on the big screen. Highly decorated soldier Audie Murphy leads a quality cast in this very enjoyable film based on Murphy's autobiography.
August 17, 2009
he was a great soldier!
June 1, 2009
a war-side glimpse into the life of a real and reel life hero, a very rare combo. a must watch for war movie lovers.
½ May 12, 2009
Based on his real life and just an awesome story. Good movie-it happened the way it is portrayed.
½ April 26, 2009
Most decorated soldier of WW2 stars himself, movie is barely ok.
½ April 25, 2009
To Hell And Back stars Audie Murphy playing himself about his life in the army. He became the United States' most decorated World War II soldier, all before his 20th birthday. In real life, he rose from poverty - he had an absent father, a sick mother who eventually dies which leaves him to care for his younger siblings, all this by the time he has 16 years of age. He joins the army, becomes a hero, and the film ends after he is wounded and wins the highest medals for his bravery. We all know that he goes on to become a Hollywood star and what better person to play him than himself. Fantastic film.
½ April 14, 2009
Recommend...A classic war movie that should be in any serious collectors collection. What makes this movie so special is not the special effects, drama, or action, but as an audience, what we get back from the film. It is a 1950's Hollywood rendition of the true life exploits of one of America's most decorated WWII hero, Audie Murphy. It also depicts the the lifestyles, hardships, and courage of the people of that era. It illustrates the differences of what movies were and who the audiences were then. It presents the movie audience with the opportunity to see history on the screen, not only the WWII events, but about the times, the people, and the movie business of that era as well. Finally, it's an enjoyable film to watch, where you will want to cheer on the hero and smile with pride at the end.
March 26, 2009
Audie Murphy plays himself in this WWII movie.
March 10, 2009
The acting may be hokey compared to some of today's films, but it is an amazing film. The only choice was to have Audie Murphy play himself... no one else could have done it justice.
½ March 9, 2009
Audie Murphy playing himself. If anything they underplayed the events that earned him the Medal of Honor.
½ February 19, 2009
Audie Murphy is a bad casting for this movie. Great story.
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