SATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2781 times:
Well ok, though this really belongs in polls and preferences....
List #1, no particular order...
Midway: "You Sank My Battleship!!", er, carrier.... Tora, Tora, Tora: Shazam! You're not a T-6 anymore!! You're a Zeke!! Patton: Taking on a He-111 with a .45 has to be seen to be believed. The Longest Day: Your basic Epic with the original all star cast Battle of the Bulge: One word: Nuts!! A Bridge Too Far: Scheisse!! C-47s, Wacos, and Horsas blackened the sky. Airborne!! Saving Private Ryan: Worth it just to hear Gen Marshall read Pres. Lincolns letter Band of Brothers: Excellent portrayal of the Greatest Generation Memphis Belle: Look at all the B-17s, even if they are just cutouts... The Bridge On The River Kwai: Duty, Honor, Country can backfire if you're not careful The Green Berets: Who are ya? Green Berets!! How Far? All the way!!
Aviation flicks... Strategic Air Command: LOTS of USAF assistance on this flick, if they had SmelloVision you could have smelled LeMays cigars, the oil dripping from the B-36s, and the half burnt kerosene from the B-47s!!. Even cast a real USAF pilot, Jimmy Stewart, in the lead role. 12 O'Clock High: More B-17s!!. Real ones this time, no cutouts. Everyday turned on which way Toby was facing.... They intentionally wrecked a B-17 at the beginning of this flick... Bridges Of Toko Ri: A good way to get a dose of early Navy jets. Mickey Rooney with the original eggbeater is hard to beat too. BTW: Mick has been making movies since 1926 and he's still working. DAMM!
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2762 times:
Top ten war/military movies in no order:
1. The Great Escape
2. Twelve O'Clock High
3. In Harm's Way
4. Bridge on the River Kwai "Be happy in your work!"
5. A Midnight Clear
6. Winds of War / War and Remembrance (just bought the DVDs)
7. The Sand Pebbles
8. The Enemy Below
9. To Hell and Back
10. The War Lover
Top three for airplanes in no order:
1. Stategic Air Command (love that B-36)
2. The Blue Max (saw it in Savannah during primary flight training)
3. Thunderbolt / Memphis Belle - the William Wyler documentaries
"Apocalypse Now and for the next four hours." Had some personal reaction the first time I watched this. Ask my wife! I think the tension of the scene when they searched the sampan was one of the most realistic war scenes ever filmed. But that may just be personal response.
[insert "thousand-yard stare" smilie]
Tomorrow some of my answers might be different.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
TheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 4384 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2739 times:
1: I also cite the German title as I do not necessarily know the original name, although the first three movies are German, anyway.
1.Das Boot (a must, best war movie ever, especially the 6 hour version!)
2. Die Brücke
3. Der Untergang (US title Downfall, one of the best movies ever)
4. Schlacht um Midway (Battle for Midway, don't know the original title)
5. Apocalypse now!
6. One bridge too far
7. The Battle of Britain (Luftschlacht um England)
8. All quiet on the western front remake (Im Westen nichts neues)
9. All quiet on the western front original (Im Westen nichts neues)
10. The thin red line (Der schmale Grat)
11. The deer hunter
12. Crimson tide
I hate: Saving Private Ryan (shocking, but somehow not convincing me), Pearl Harbour (bashing it would take too long), Band of Brothers. Generally I dislike movies which include too much patriotism. War is no fun, so these movies should be objective and show the bad sides of war. Yet I still like the battle of midway, because there are so many aircraft carriers...
1. Stählerner Adler 2 (I do not know the original name, it is an Italian movie and shows a lot of F-104 pilots). The movie is lame, but there are lots of flying Starfighters!
2. Battle of Britain
3. Top Gun (a lot of funny mistakes, but great aerial shots)
MissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2700 times:
In random order (how could I choose?):
Code Name: Wild Geese
The Caine Mutiny
A Bridge too Far
The Final Option/ Who Dares Wins-(I saw this once & have never found a copy of it)
The Hunt for Red October
The Beast- opening scene looks like they actually wiped out a town with tanks
Run Silent Run Deep
Aviation War Movies:
The Final Countdown
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Honorable mention to Dog Soldiers, but I wasn't sure if fighting werewolves would qualify as a war movie.
Ask me next week & I'll probably pick a whole different set of movies, but they would never include Pearl Harbour- what a rip-off that was!
MissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2622 times:
Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 9): Iron Eagle (including any of its sequels) - Everytime I watch it I get a laugh!
I've got the first on DVD, saw the 2nd on tv. My favourite part is the "Doug Masters was the greatest fighter pilot in the world, but he got snuffed in a dogfight" thing. That & the F-4 "MiGs". I've still seen worse though!
I shoulda had Apocalypse in there somewhere, that flic has a high density of all time classic lines.
I remembered that, and fell off my chair laughing. It was so funny. However, I have also seen another movie where F-16s were MIGs . Still better than having German soldiers using US weapons in crappy WW2 movies. On the other hand, I love movies that are really trying to be accurate.
FVTu134 From Russia, joined Aug 2005, 176 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2571 times:
Gereral movies (no order)
- Longest Day
- Where eagles Dare
- Pearl Harbour
- Memphis Belle
- Enola Gay
- Hannover Street
- Firebirds (for the Helo guys among us)
- Blue Tornado (shitty story but love the 104 scrambles)
All time favorites
- The Right Stuff (obviously)
- Tuskegee Airmen (if you're into Texans and Mustangs)
who decided that a Horizon should be HORIZONtal???
Usaafb17fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2564 times:
Top 10 war flicks: (no particular order)
- Gettysburg (Civil War, yes, but just as cool)
- U 571
- Heartbreak Ridge (definately one of my favorites)
- We were Soldiers (good shots of choppers going to the LZ)
- The Longest Day
- In Harm's Way
- Pearl Harbor (some say it's a good date movie...hmmm?)
- Sands of Iwo Jima
- To Hell and Back
Top 3 Aviation Flicks:
- 12 O' Clock High
- Tora Tora Tora
- Flying Leathernecks
I could think of others, but these I liked for certain aspects which may or may not include historical accuracy.
AnMCOSon From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2530 times:
Quoting MissedApproach (Reply 11): I shoulda had Apocalypse in there somewhere, that flic has a high density of all time classic lines.
"Do you know what the man is saying? Do you? This is dialectics. It's very simple dialectics. One through nine, no maybes, no supposes, no fractions. You can't travel in space, you can't go out into space, you know, without, like, you know, with fractions. What are you going to land on, one quarter, three-eighths, what are you going to do when you go from here to Venus or something -- that's dialectic physics, OK? Dialectic logic is there's only love and hate, you either love somebody or you hate them."
Love that quote, little long, but good.
What the? Did everything just jump around? Or did my brain just stroke off there for a second?