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Favourite War Films
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Member No.: 40
Joined: 22-December 04
A few I'm surprised you left out:
TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH: Gregory Peck commands a troop of fliers, finds out running the show is a ticket to an agonizing personal hell.
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY: Not a 'war film' per se, but the possibility(and inevitability of Pearl Harbor)hangs over everything here....the dark future to come is never far away.
HELL IS FOR HEROES: Strange almost-masterpiece that ends in the middle
of a battle!
BATTLE OF ALGIERS: Pontecorvo's subversive, terrorist treatise plays modern today, if dated by look and the combatants.
APOCALYPSE NOW: Dark visions of combat, Viet Nam, megolamania, psychoses, and survival.
GALLIPOLI: Hello, Mel Gibson!
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Member No.: 266
Joined: 5-January 06
Rather than start a new thread, I have opted to simply respond here.
I normally don't watch war movies (I've seen River Kwai , Birth of Nation, Sgt. York, Platoon, Patton, couple of others, hardly faves), but usually I wanted to just watch a good Gung Ho movie (which I have seen, but I want to watch one that doesnt have such a rep).
One Veteran's Day, I managed to sit thru Shores of Tripoli, with John Payne and Maureen O'Hara. really hit the spot. Just what I was after.
Then I got Richard Widmark in Halls of Montezuma. I liked how they were both lines from the song, so I recorded them off to a dvd together.
Aint I clever? Yea, right.
Anyway, it went from there. I copied Guadalcanal Diaries for the heck of it too.
Now many years ago, I see a Duke movie where he was on a pacific island or there about and apparently a schoolmaster had been killed and the anglo schoolteacher, an elderly lady, wanted Duke to go after the captain who ordered the headmaster's death.
Duke told her he had a mission.
I often wondered about this movie and only yesterday I finally learned what it was.
Good ol' Back to Bataan, 1945, and the woman in question was two-time Oscar nominee Beulah Bondi, who did a bit more in the film.
Wasn't she just the most unlikliest leading lady for the Duke in a war movie, tho?
Clearly she is now best known as Jimmy Stewart's mom in Wonderful Life (1946).
But I see there is a Bataan movie, with Robert Taylor.
Whether or not they are connected or one the sequel to the other, I don't care.
I've seen a few Taylor movies lately and have gotten a kick out of his tought guy image. "We saved their behinds in the war, they should be greatful."
The mentality is actually what I am after. Reminds me of the carpet-baggers in Gone With the Wind. "They must think they won the war!"
A 1950s movie, The Girls of Pleasure Island, about a father with three teen aged beauties for offspring, and the commanding officer of the troops stationed on the island speak to the father as tho he should be obligated to allow his daughters to keep company with the enlisted men, what with the duty they were performing.
I get such a kick out of this stuff. Not quite the propaganda I was after, but if it was some way of thinking back then, whether you agree with it or not, I am intrigued to know what exactly was the feeling.
Member No.: 249
Joined: 20-December 05
Among my fav war films in no particular order are ,
Paths of Glory,
Bridge On The River Kwai ,
Full Metal Jacket ,( Albeit not GAOH but couldn't not mention)
Sergeant York ,
The flashback scene in The roaring twenties to WWI ,
Cross Of Iron ,
The Longest Day ,
Coming Home ,
Stalag 17 ,
The Young Lions
Apocalypse Now ,
Objective Burma ,
Dive Bomber ,
Ice Cold In Alex ("worth waiting for! "),
Member No.: 547
Joined: 18-December 06
Next to a good ole western shoot 'em up I like some war films. Among my favorites, and in no particular order are:
A Bridge Too Far
The Eagle Has Landed
A Walk In The Sun
The Big Red One (Reconstructed Version)
We Were Soldiers
The Fighting Seabees
God Is My Co-Pilot
A Wing and A Prayer
Men of the Fighting Lady
The Steel Helmet
Bridge over The River Kwai
Guns of the Navronne
Force 10 From The Navaronne
Letters From Iwo Jima
Flags of Our Fathers
Sands of Iwo Jima
Heaven Knows Mr. Allison
There are more, but those are movies that I mix in with my westerns when I want to watch a bunch of movies in one day.
Member No.: 77
Joined: 16-March 05
I have a lot of war favorites, but for some bizzare reason I can only think of a few.....my brain is like frozen or something. Stalag 17
(2000)The Young Lions
(1958)The Great Escape
(1963)Bridge on the River Kwai
(1957)The Dirty Dozen
(1967)All Quiet on the Western Front
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