Friday, 4 November 2011

hell is for heroes (1962) - don siegel

Starring the always charismatic Steve McQueen, Hell Is For Heroes also has roles for Bob Newhart (in his first film role), who even gets to be funny as a rookie delivering typewriters, who has the gift of the gab, and Bobby Darin. John Reese (McQueen) is a loner who does things his own way (naturally). He was a former Sergeant who had been downgraded to Private. The squad that Reese joins have to hold off a company of Germans on the Siegfried Line until re-enforcements arrive, but Reese also encourages them to attack an enemy pill box, even though they are heavily outnumbered. Reese meets a heroic end (of course) and it shows how innocents can be caught up in a horrific event, but it does not glorify warfare. It also includes quite a bit of (obvious) real footage from the war. I enjoyed it, although it is not one of McQueens best, but on the other hand, it is so much better than The Towering Inferno.

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