To Hell and BackDirector: Jesse Hibbs,
The highly variable Audie Murphy delivers his best screen performance as "himself" in Universal's To Hell and Back. Based on the star's autobiography, this is the story of how Murphy became America's most-decorated soldier during WW II. After dwelling a bit on Murphy's hard-scrabble Texas upbringing, the story moves ahead to 1942, when, as a teenager, Audie joined the army. Within a year, he was a member of the 7th Army, serving in North Africa, Italy, France and ultimately Germany and Austria. One by one, the members of Murphy's Company B are killed in the war, until only three men from the original company are left (the others appear at the finale as ghostly images, a standard visual cliché of 1950s war films). The bulk of the film is given over to Murphy's conspicuous acts of combat bravery, and his killing of 240 enemy soldiers. Highlighted by excellent battle sequences, To Hell and Back is a serviceable tribute to a most complex individual.
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- Universal Studios
Cast & Crew
|Gregg Palmer||Lieutenant Manning|
|David Janssen||Lieutenant Lee|
|Bruce Cowling||Captain Marks|
|Paul Langton||Colonel Howe|
|Mary Field||Mrs. Murphy|
|Gordon Geberl||Audie Murphy as a boy|
|Howard Price||Truck Driver|
|Nan Boardman||Maria's Mother|
|Ashley Cowan||Scottish soldier|
|Edna Holland||Mrs. Houston|
|Don Kennedy||Marine Recruit Sergeant|
|Rankin Mansfield||Dr. Snyder|
|John M. Pickard||M.P.|
|Ralph Sanford||Chief Petty Officer|
|Howard Wright||Mr. Houston|
|Rand Brooks||Lt. Harris|
|Alexander Golitzen||Art Director|
|Leslie I. Carey||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Robert Clatworthy||Art Director|
|Edward A. Curtiss||Editor|
|Russell A. Gausman||Set Decoration/Design|
|Joseph E. Gershenson||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Henry Mancini||Score Composer|
|Audie Murphy||Co-producer,Original Story|
|Tom Shaw||Asst. Director|
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this was a wonderful story about audie murphywho portrayed himself in the movie. he was just a young country boy when his mom died and he wanted to take care of his brother and sister. he was persuaded that a life in the military whould be the best way to support them. he served with the 3rd infantry division in africa, sicily and europe. he didnt want the rank but he became an excellent leader of men and won a battlefied promotion and wanted to make the military a career. he was wounded and the wound was bad enough that he couldnt stay in the military. he became the most decorated gi in ww ii and in history.
Some things were changed; some, left out, but overall an excellent retelling of Murphys' life and career. His military history is amazing. 'Winning' more medals than any other person in WWII. That, alone, makes him a phenom. But, how he did it, when, and why, is even more engrossing. This movie tells a lot...not all, but, a lot, about what and how he did it. Excellent casting;(he chose one performer himself) good location scenes; very good dialogue; better thatn average performances by most involved. This was/is an excellent movie for Murphy buffs. If you like war movies, or Murphy, you'll like this one. Also, kudos to B&N for the quick way they got the movie to me after I ordered it.
Audie Murphy is one of our greatest war heroes. As you can clearly see in this movie, he was a very brave and humble man. He deserves our praise. I watch this movie at least once a year. Everyone should see this, it will make you appreciate what our armed forces do for our freedom!
No one can do what he did...this movie is the best that their can ever be...it me cry and think about joining about the Army...I suggest that you watch this movie for your own good!!!
This true life Texan showed real courage. This story should be shown to kids all over the U.S. about unselfish acts. Acts that at the age of 19 are not very common.
I love this movie. I watch it everytime it is on. This is one movie I want to see on DVD very soon. To Hell and Back is one of those rare movies that everyone needs to see. Absolutley spectacular.