To Hell and Back DVD
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Directed by Jesse Hibbs
Produced in 1955
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - American film
James Oliver is stirred by this heartfelt tribute to America's most-decorated WWII soldier, starring Audie Murphy as himself.
Hollywood routinely made biopics about notable figures, but it was unusual for the film to star the person whose life story it tells. Then again, Audie Murphy was a most unusual fellow. Raised in poverty during the great depression, he joined the US army to do his bit in World War Two. He might have been underaged and undersized (5’5” in his stockinged feet) but he went on to become the most decorated soldier in the entire history of the army – and all before his 20th birthday.
That’s quite some story, and it’s recounted here with fine style. A humble man, Murphy was a little embarrassed by the hoop-la surrounding his achievements: his undoubted heroism is here offset by his engaging modesty.
For all the depictions of the horrors of war (plenty of Murphy’s buddies buy the farm), the film shines brightest in its booming battle scenes. No doubt historians will quibble with the accuracy but armchair warriors will have a high time with this film, a heartfelt tribute to a remarkable man.
James Oliver on 20th October 2009
Author of 146 reviews
Audie Murphy, the most decorated American soldier in World War Two, stars as himself in this action-packed war drama based on his autobiography. Murphy grew up in Texas and joined the army in order to provide for his siblings. When war broke out he showed great strength in the face of enemy fire, proving his courage many times in an adventure which took him from Italy to France and all the way into Germany.
Publisher: Second Sight
Length: 102 mins
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 widescreen
Cat No: 2NDVD3170
Format: DVD Colour
Subtitles: Hard of Hearing - English