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Film / To Hell and Back (1955)

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A 1955 American war film directed by Jesse Hibbs that has Audie Murphy as himself that is based on his exploits during World War II.

It was released on August 17, 1955.

Tropes for the film:

  • As Himself: Murphy plays himself during his time in the war.
  • Freakier Than Fiction: WWII hero Audie Murphy played himself, based on his autobiography. During the adaptation, he requested that certain parts of his exploits (like the time he had malaria and leapt on top of a burning, half-destroyed tank-destroyer to use its pintle-mounted machine gun and single-handedly hold off an entire company of German mechanized infantry for half an hour) be watered down a little since nobody would believe the real thing.
  • Tanks, but No Tanks: The movie has Audie jump into a burning M4 Sherman to fire its 50-Caliber machine gun at German troops, in the action that earned him the Medal of Honor. He actually jumped into an M10 Tank Destroyer, although the two are very similar (The M10 Wolverine Tank Destroyer was based on the Sherman).