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War Movies

Discussion in 'Military Surplus' started by TedKennedy, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. TedKennedy

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    I know y'all watch war movies...I'm a big fan of watching those made during the conflict period, or those made during the buildup to war. Just watched "Mission to Moscow" made in '43 or '44, it was written by, and has on screen introduction by Senator/Ambassador Joseph Davies. Anyone else have similar interest or recommendations?
     
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    Die Brucke(the original)
    Cross of Iron
    The Steel Helmet
    All Quiet on the Western Front(either one)
    Full Metal Jacket
    Platoon
    Johnny Got His Gun

    I cant really watch the 40's made war movies. john Wayne swaggering around in Sands of Iwo Jima is too much. Although as a kid I wore out the VCR watching it. I do love The Longest Day though.
     
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    Bridge on the River Kwai
    Saving Private Ryan
    Full Metal Jacket
    A Bridge too Far
    Tigerland
    Tora! Tora! Tora!
    Band of Brothers (not a movie but a great series, the book was even better)
     
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    Hart's War was good too
     
  5. TedKennedy

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    I agree on that one!
    Most of the American - gung-ho type flicks are hard to watch. "Guadalcanal Diary" comes to mind. (usual diverse group of GIs, the required New Yorker, etc....) Each flick like this attempts to ingrain the "melting pot", "we're all in this together theme".
    "Guadalcanal Diary" does have a pretty funny non-PC quote about killing the Japanese, that kinda gives you the feeling of the time, though.

    I watched "Days of Glory" not long ago - Gregory Peck's first starring role. A real gem.
     
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    The Big Red 1
    Uncommon Valor
    The Longest Day
    War Horse
     
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    Uncommon Valor??? Tex Cobb with a hand grenade necklace?
     
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    Although I'm not a fan of the lead actor and, in general, not of war movies, I have watched "We were Soldiers" many times. It, unlike Platoon, brought back many memories of my experiences in Vietnam and that period of time in the military. I spent too much time after my tour with Next-of-Kin notification and Burial Details.
     
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    I haven't watched the movie, but General Moore's book (We Were Soldiers Once...And Young) is outstanding.

    I have a lot of favorite war movies, but the ones that come to mind are:

    Casablanca (probably not what the OP is after, but...)
    Stalag 17
    The Longest Day
    * Cornelius Ryan's book of the same name, upon which the movie was based, is an out-freaking-standing read
    In Harm's Way
    They Were Expendable
    * Robert Montgomery was a PT Boat officer in the South Pacific, and his Lt. Brickley is not-entirely-loosely based on (later) Vice Admiral John Bulkeley, commander of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three
    Patton
    * Ladislas Farago's Patton: Ordeal and Triumph is better in many ways, but I love George C. Scott's performance
    Run Silent, Run Deep
    * Capt. Edward Beach's novel is better, but the movie is pretty danged good.
    Band of Brothers
    * "'Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?' Grandpa said, 'No... but I served in a company of heroes.'" 'nuff said.
    Gettysburg
    Sahara (Preferably the Humphrey Bogart original, though I recall liking Jim Belushi's version)
    Battleground
    * Hey, Kinnie - what ever happened to Jody?
    Sgt. York
    M*A*S*H
     
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    Actually, Casablanca is an excellent example of what I'm talking about. The not - so -subtle those are the evil guys kind of stuff produced to get/keep Joe American primed for war.

    You mentioned Sgt. York, awesome story. I actually went to Alvin York's hometown in Tennesee once. His grandaughter runs the general store/museum there. As great a story as it is, the propaganda machine was rolling strong when the movie was made.
     

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