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Hell Is for Heroes (1962) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Don Siegel and produced by Henry Blanke.

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Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

By Beatrice on Nov 10, 2017 From Flickers in Time

Hell Is for Heroes Directed by Don Siegel Written by Robert Pirosh and Richard Carr 1962/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental Platoon Sgt. Bill Pike: Sounds like a court martial board. Steve McQueen is the ultimate bad boy soldier in this low-budget combat drama. Everybody in a p... Read full article


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Platoon Sgt. Bill Pike: [after the failed attempt on the pillbox] How close did you get?
Pvt. John Reese: Two hundred yards.
Platoon Sgt. Bill Pike: How'd it happen?
Pvt. John Reese: Mine field.
Platoon Sgt. Bill Pike: Henshaw?
Pvt. John Reese: Yeah. He tripped a mine. He was carrying a torch. It lit up the whole countryside. Put us right on the block.
Platoon Sgt. Bill Pike: Were you right?
Pvt. John Reese: How the hell do I know?


Sgt. Jim Larkin: [after the squad is fired on by a German machine gun] You guys are covered here, but walk carefully beyond this point.
Pvt. Dave Corby: Walk? Are you out of your mind? I'm gonna dig a subway.


Cpl. Henshaw: We've got nothing but vacancies in this hotel.


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Director Don Siegel did not want to shoot the scene where Bob Newhart's character has a fake telephone conversation with "headquarters" to fool the Germans listening through a microphone planted in the US bunker, believing that it had no place in the story. He was overruled by the studio, however. Newhart at the time was a hugely popular stand-up comic, and a major part of his act was having one-sided phone conversations. The studio ordered that the scene be shot in order to capitalize on Newhart's popularity. Newhart wrote his own lines for this scene.
Screenwriter Robert Pirosh was originally set to direct the film but after repeated clashes with star Steve McQueen he was replaced with Don Siegel. Pirosh's script featured many blackly comedic scenes but most of them were not filmed, as Siegel wanted to make the film more dramatic. Disappointed, Bob Newhart tried to get Siegel to kill his character early, but Siegel refused.
Althought you see Steve McQueen's character carry the M3, .45 ACP Cal., sub-machine gun know as the "Grease Gun", which the ammunition is feed by a long magazine, you don't see him carrying any ammunition pouches for this weapon and instead you see he's carrying only the shorter pouches on his ammunition belt for the M-1 Garand rifle. And those rifle ammunition pouches he's carrying are obviously empty, as they are all flat and appear to contain nothing.
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