Battle Hymn [DVD] [1956]

A kindhearted former minister and World War II veteran joins the Air Force in hopes of helping Korean orphans in director Douglas Sirk's soul-searching war drama -- arriving on DVD courtesy of Universal Studios. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this release offers audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital with optional Spanish and French subtitles. Extra features include a trailer.
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Special Features

  • Trailer


Battle Hymn
Battle Hymn was inspired by the true story of American minister Dean Hess, played here with rare sensitivity by Rock Hudson. A bomber pilot during World War II, Hess inadvertently releases a bomb which destroys a German orphanage. Tortured by guilt, Hess relocates in Korea after the war to offer his services as a missionary. Combining the best elements of Christianity and Eastern spiritualism, Hess establishes a large home for orphans. The preacher's efforts are threatened when the Korean "police action" breaks out in 1950. Battle Hymn was one of several collaborations between Rock Hudson and director Douglas Sirk--though Sirk felt that Robert Stack would have been better suited to the role of Rev. Hess. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Rock Hudson
    Rock Hudson - Col. Dean Hess
  • Anna Kashfi
    Anna Kashfi - En Soon Yang
  • Dan Duryea
    Dan Duryea - Sgt. Herman
  • Don DeFore
    Don DeFore - Capt. Skidmore
  • Martha Hyer
    Martha Hyer - Mary Hess
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