Between Heaven and Hell

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Released 1956

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Director:
Richard Fleischer
Released:
1956
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Between Heaven and Hell is a 1956 war drama directed by Richard Fleischer. Sam Gifford (Robert Wagner) is a spoiled, southern, cotton plantation owner who has little concern for the welfare of his workers. He is also married to the daughter of a colonel. During World War II his Nation Guard unit is mobilized and he must serve as a sergeant in the Pacific. When a cowardly lieutenant fires at his own men, however, Sam struggles to control his anger and as a result, he is downgraded and sent to a disciplinary battalion in a remote area. Once there, Sam discovers his new commander is a lunatic known as Waco (Broderick Crawford) and while in combat Sam finds himself fighting with the types of working-class people he treated so badly back home. Sam becomes great friends with these people and experiences a fundamental attitude shift, however, the group are under relentless attack by the Japanese, will anyone survive? The story is told using a mixture of flashback sequences and front-line action.

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    Military & War, Classics