To Hell and Back

To Hell and Back

DVD - 2004
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Based on the true story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Video, 2004
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781417003877
1417003871
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 19, 2014

If you can accept a 30 year-old Audie Murphy playing himself at 18 in this 1955, WW2, Bio-film, then I'm sure you won't be at all disappointed by To Hell & Back.

As far as war pictures go, To Hell & Back's story is a fairly interesting one. This film's a pretty accurate tale covering Murphy's 3-year military career where, through the merits of bravery, he eventually became one of the most highly decorated American soldiers to ever serve in the 2nd World War.

In 1945 Murphy was ceremoniously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

To Hell & Back is basically a wartime "buddy" picture of loyalty and heroism. It proudly boasts about the glory of American patriotism (right to its very core).

*Notes of interest about Audie Murphy* -

(1) Following his service in the war, Murphy successfully pursued an acting career which lasted for 20 years (from 1948-1969). In that period of time Murphy appeared in 40 pictures, all of which were either Westerns or War pictures.

(2) Murphy, who suffered from post-traumatic stress following his military service, always slept with a loaded pistol under his pillow.

(3) In 1971, Murphy (45 at the time) was tragically killed when the private plane he was travelling in crashed (due to poor visibility) into Brush Mountain in Virginia.

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