To Hell and Back (1955)

“Get through the first three or four days, you’ll be just like us. That’s what it means to be a veteran: You’re scared all the time.” – Johnson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of the most decorated soldier in US History as he goes from being a 12 year old who needs to quit school to support his family to the battlefields of Africa, Italy and France during World War II.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for years and finally got the chance to do so.

Audie Murphy was known as an actor in a slew of movies in the 50’s, but before that he was a kid growing up in a hard situation who eventually enlisted in the Army and excelled at all that he did.

This film depicts his heroism and actions during WWII and it’s great that they could get Murphy to play himself despite the fact that he was more than a decade older than he was at the time of the story.

The film deals really well with the idea that wen someone has a strong will to do something, looks can sometimes be deceiving.

Not many people in the Armed Forces thought much of this scrawny kid from Texas, but he ended up showing them all that when someone has lots of heart and the will, they can overcome so many other obstacles in life.

The action scenes are shot quite well and that ads to the suspense and tension of the story as things unfold.

The story is quite poignant and says so much about the kind of experiences that soldiers sometimes can have which could be quite difficult for them to discuss after experiencing the horrors of combat.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Audie Murphy was the most decorated US soldier of World War II. According to this film, when he applied for service with the Navy, the Marines and the Army he was turned down by all three branches. Moreover, when he joined his combat unit, one of his superiors considered transferring him out of the company for being unfit for combat. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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