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Hell to Eternity (1960)




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Guy Gabaldon (Jeffrey Hunter) is the American born adopted son of a West Coast Japanese couple. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, he enlists in the Marines, and his mastery of foreign language helps negotiate a bloodless surrender of defeated Japanese Army regulars in Saipan. Meanwhile, his own family in America is shunned because of their oriental heritage.

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Jeffrey Hunter
as Guy Gabaldon
Sessue Hayakawa
as Gen. Matsui
Richard Eyer
as Guy as a Boy
John Larch
as Capt. Schwabe
Tsuru Aoki
as Mother Une
Reiko Sato
as Fumiko
Bob Okazaki
as Papa Une
George Matsui
as George as a Boy
Nicky Blair
as Semperi
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Critic Reviews for Hell to Eternity

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

The film is handled with a fair amount of sensitivity, which frequently saves it from going overboard and the cast Is a capable one, led by Jeff Hunter. However, the picture is almost stolen by an appealing, elderly woman, playing mama Une.

June 18, 2020 | Full Review…

[It's] no great, soaring World War II drama. But as a sturdy anti-war sermon, trimly told and performed with realistic compassion, this medium-sized picture is tough, thoughtful and, especially in one extended battle sequence, tingling.

February 7, 2020 | Full Review…

Although the film ran for two hours and twelve minutes, it did not seem that long as suspense was carried throughout.

February 7, 2020 | Full Review…

Though evidently based on fact, the martial exploits of the soldier hero (Jeffrey Hunter) are difficult to believe. The story, however, has some unhackneyed elements that deserve attention...

October 23, 2019 | Full Review…

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

May 27, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

August 9, 2007 | Full Review…

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
Randy Tippy

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