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Between Heaven and Hell (1956)

Approved | | Drama, War | December 1956 (UK)
The spoiled rich son of a wealthy Southerner is changed by his experiences in the Pacific during World War II.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Harry Brown (screenplay), Francis Gwaltney (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Wagner ... Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford
Terry Moore ... Jenny Gifford
Broderick Crawford ... Capt. 'Waco' Grimes - 'G' Co. CO
Buddy Ebsen ... Pvt. Willie Crawford
Robert Keith ... Col. Cousins
Brad Dexter ... Lt. Joe 'Little Joe' Johnson
Mark Damon ... Pvt. Terry - Co. G
Ken Clark ... Morgan
Harvey Lembeck ... Pvt. Bernard 'Bernie' Meleski - Co. G
Skip Homeier ... Pvt. Swanson - Co. G
L.Q. Jones ... Pvt. Kenny - Co. G
Tod Andrews ... Lt. Ray Mosby
Biff Elliot ... Tom Thumb - Co. G
Bart Burns ... Pvt. Raker - Co. G
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Storyline

Sam Gifford remembers : In prewar years he was an arrogant southern cotton plantation owner, married to the daughter of a colonel. At the beginning of the war he was mobilized with his National Guard unit as a sergeant. Came the day when, revolted by the cowardice of his lieutenant, who had fired at his own men, he hit him. Downgraded, he was sent to a disciplinary battalion. Sam now discovers his new detachment, his new commanding officer, just another cowardly brute, Captain Waco Grimes. While in combat, Sam will gradually become closer to the privates, working-class people he used to despise. He will become another man, a better man. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

THE FIERCE FIGHTING FLAMING FURY OF THE SOUTH'S FINEST...THE DIXIE DAREDEVILS WHO BECAME THE HELL-FIGHTERS OF THE PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

December 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day the Century Ended See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,520,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Twentieth Century-Fox bought the rights to the Francis Gwaltney novel "The Day the Century Ended", it hired The Twilight Zone (1959) television-playwright and Philippines war veteran Rod Serling to write the script. During World War II, Serling was a paratrooper in the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division. However, his draft script was deemed too long and rejected. Other writers were then assigned script duties. He does not receive a writer's credit, so it's not known how much of his work wound up in the final script. He once told of his involvement on this movie, "My first screen job was at Fox on a war flick called 'Between Heaven and Hell'. I turned in a script that would have run for nine hours on the screen. As I recall, it was over 500 pages. I didn't know what the hell I was doing. They just said ''Here's 1500 bucks a week--write!" So I wrote. They eventually took the thing away from me and handed it over to six other writers, but I lay claim to the fact that my version had some wonderful moments in it. In nine hours of script, by God, there HAVE to be a couple of wonderful moments!" See more »

Goofs

The soldiers in this movie are wearing jump type boots. They should be wearing either combat boots or leggings. Jump type boots were not issued until well after WW II. See more »

Quotes

Capt. 'Waco' Grimes - 'G' Co. CO: I've heard about you Gifford. First you go get yourself a Silver Star, then you get busted to Private. Oh it's a rough war, innit?
Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford: Yes sir.
Capt. 'Waco' Grimes - 'G' Co. CO: Didn't you hear what I said about calling me sir?
Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford: I'm sorry, uh, Waco.
Capt. 'Waco' Grimes - 'G' Co. CO: I don't want snipers taking potshots at me every time one of you guys call me sir.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: An Island in the Pacific 1945 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

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Very underrated war movie
14 April 2012 | by scheelj1See all my reviews

See it – A vastly underrated and reflective war movie starring Robert Wagner and Buddy Ebsen. This movie has been nearly forgotten over the years, and it's a shame. Much of the story is told in flashbacks. There's very good character development. And best of all, there was much more action than I expected. A bit slow toward the beginning, but there is a really cool action sequence in one of the flashbacks where Wagner and some of his men assault a cliff-side machine gun nest. When the current story picks back up after the flashbacks, there is plenty more action, including an exciting and desperate ending. 3.5 out of 5 action rating


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