Hell to Eternity

Synopsis: True life story of Guy Gabaldon, a Los Angeles Hispanic boy raised in the 1930s by a Japanese-American foster family. Later, during the war, as his foster parents are interned at a camp for Japanese Americans, Gabaldon's ability to speak Japanese helps him become a lone-operating Marine hero. During the bloody capture of the island of Saipan, he convinces 800 Japanese to surrender after their general commits suicide.
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Director(s): Phil Karlson
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations.
131 min

You're crazy. He's too

big. You'll get murdered.

What's the fight about?

Fatso talks too much.

What did he say?

What did he say?

Is Benson the reason why you have

to go to the principal's office?

Guy, you in trouble again?

You'll get clobbered.

He's got his Jap friends with him.

You want us to take them, Benson?

Nah. Leave them alone.

You stink.

- Blabbing to the cops.

- Me?

Me tell the law you're the jerk

that broke into the market...

...just to steal a few lousy potatoes?

Why, that kind of action ain't

worth talking to nobody about.


How'd it go in the principal's office?

Come on, grab him and get him!

Yeah, come on. Hit him in the face.

Hey, look. A fight.

- Hit him in the face.

- Get up, Guy.

Hit him. Hit him.

- Cut it out.

- I ought to murder you, you fat stoolie.

What's the matter with you two

now? Go on, get out of here.

You and your Jap friends.

Beat it. All of you.

Why'd you let him get into this?

Me? I didn't do nothing.

I told him he'd get clobbered.

Go on home.

Holy cow. It wasn't my fault.

I'll see you at home. I want to talk to you.

There's nothing to talk about.

Look, wipe the blood off your face.

Come with me while I change my

clothes and I'll drive you home.

I don't want no drive home.

I'll give you a choice,

either home or juvenile hall.

I've seen juvenile hall

before. It don't scare me.

It's a good start on something

that can. San Quentin.

Now, come on.

Those your books?

Well, pick them up. They're city property.

Big deal.

I said, pick them up.

You can't tell me what to do.

Pick them up.

Thanks for the ride.

What's the trouble, Guy?

Fighting all the time.

And some worse things I've heard about.

I don't care what you've heard.

I don't care what anybody's heard.

These are rough times for a lot of people.

Not enough jobs, people on relief.

Everybody's got problems.

Is that why you broke

in the market last night?

Things so bad you have to steal?

I didn't say I stole. Benson said it.

What are you doing?

I'm going in with you.

I've never met your folks.

I don't want you to go in.

I won't embarrass you.

I won't tell them anything

about that market. Come on.

You stay out of my house.

Please, please. Don't go in.

Where's your mother?

In the hospital.

How long has she been there?

They took her away last Wednesday.

And your father?

I got no father. He's dead.

You living here all alone?

I can take care of myself. I do all right.

Come on.

You come with me.

You can't go on living this way.

Roaming around loose, stealing your food.

It's no good, Guy.

Go pack some clothes. You'll bunk

up with George for a few days.

I'm not taking anything from anybody.

You won't be taking anything from my

family they don't want to give you.

Now, come on, pack some clothes.

- Hi.

- Hi.

Guy's mother's in the county hospital.

- He'll stay with us until she gets well.

- Say, that's great.

- Can he sleep in my room?

- That's the idea.

Hey, we'll have a ball.


I'm real sorry about your mother.

Come on.

See you in a minute, Guy.


You have come here well.

My mother means you're welcome.

Yes. Welcome.

Thank you, Mrs. Une.

our parents don't speak much English.

You'll have to start learning Japanese, Guy.

Heck, I'm just barely getting

by in 7th grade English.

Hey, come on, Guy. I'll show you our room.

Hey, hurry up. The breakfast is ready.

oh, is that what she said?

She said "good morning" to you.

What do you usually have for breakfast?

Raw fish and rice.

Chilled pigeon eggs.


Yesterday it was octopus.

If we're lucky, there'll be some left.


Especially with that

sauce made from fish eyes.

Fish eyes?

What did you think we eat around here?

Even if Papa and Mama aren't

citizens, Kaz and I are.

We're Americans. All of us.

Yeah, not as dumb as me.

oh, sugar is osato.

Make you all-America boy.

Already all-America boy.

No need cereal.

oh, tell your Mom I didn't mean that.

I like this kind of cereal best of all.

Pop says he hopes you slept okay.

oh, yes, sir. Just fine.

Automobile is jidousha?

Is that for taxi too?

- No, taxi is taxi.

- Taxi.

What'd you say?

That means you're doing very

well. You're joto... okay.

okay. I like that.

Broom is hoki.

A vacuum cleaner would be easier and better.

This is a carpet sweeper.

I know what it is in Japanese.

you say it in English.

Carpet sweeper.

Carpet-a sweeper.

Yes, that's good.

Now, if we had a motor... Motah.

It would be a vacuum cleaner.

vacu-um clean?

Er... vacuum cleaner.

Er? vacu-um cleaner.


Now... This is...

In Japanese it's a hoki...

...but in English it's a broom.

A broom.

- Yes.

- You teach me.

That's a mado but in English it's a window.


Yes. Why didn't you ever help

your mother learn English?

Gosh, I don't know.

This is a broom.

oh, boy, you teach me.

George, the work's all done.

How about some basketball?

Sure. Let's go.

His mother?

She's... She's dying.

Can this be his home?

Yes, his home.

Come here.

I tell you a story.

very old.

It is...

An ancient legend.

All Japanese boy know.

You learn too now.

once upon a time...

...old woman go to river to wash clothes.

In river large peach come floating.

old woman take peach home...

...and peach open up in two pieces.

out jump kawaii boy.

Beautiful boy.

old woman and husband name him Peach Boy.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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