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Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:00 am

My personal favorites:

The Dirty Dozen
Battle of Midway (with Henry Fonda in it I believe)
Band of Brothers (a series on t.v., yes I know, but I'm not excluding it)
Battle of the Bulge
The Devil's Brigade
Das Boot
U-571

Anyone have any favorite real-life war "heros"? For me it would be my grandad of course, but I also admired Douglas Bader (RAF) and Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, along with every member of the 29th Infantry Division and the U.S. Submarine Force.
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:10 am

that one where the "good guys didn´t win" aka Black Hawk Down
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:10 am

I am surprised you forgot "The Enemy Below." You being a submariner and all.

Band of Brothers is a miniseries but it is too damn good to not mention.

In Harms way: Too cheesey not to love

The Longest Day: The Germans speak German, The French Speak French, and the British have the funny accent.

Das Boot: Best made war movie I have ever seen

Run Silent Run Deep

There are others, but these are on the top of my head right now.
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:14 am

I think 'Where Eagles Dare' is a flipping awesome film! Love it.
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:15 am

Quoting Captoveur (Reply 2):
I am surprised you forgot "The Enemy Below."

No, I didn't forget it... but sub movies for me go without saying for the most part. Except for Crimson Tide. Worst sub movie I've ever seen.
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:16 am

I'd say my favorite war movie is Platoon - the rest of my Top 10 would be

2) Saving Private Ryan
3) Das Boot
4) A Bridge Too Far
5) Paths of Glory
6) Patton
7) Bridge on the River Kwai
8) Glory
9) Full Metal Jacket
10) Windtalkers
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:16 am

Hello Greyhound.

"Tora Tora Tora"

"A Bridge To Far"

"Apocalypse Now"

"Platoon"

Etc....


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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:18 am

Hi Mr. Spaceman.

I almost forgot... Full Metal Jacket. At least the boot camp scenes.
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:25 am

Hi Greyhound.

Yeah, I didn't forget "Full Metal Jacket", but, because only the second half of the movie takes place during war in Viet Nam .... I didn't mention it.

Other good war movies that do not show only war footage are ...

"The Dear Hunter"

"The Killing Fields"

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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:47 am

* Band of Brothers is top, even though it is a series as you said.

* Platoon.

* Das Boot.

* Black Hawk down. (Despite the hollywoof wax on.)

* Windtalkers.

* Tigerland.

All that come to mind at the moment.

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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 6:01 am

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 9):
Windtalkers.

Oh man.. I can't you believe you LIKE that movie?! I mean.. it's complete trash! Nicholas Cage is just shite, that alone makes it crap. But then you've got him firing a Thompson from the hip and just whipping it around wildly while the Japanese just fall over miraculously. The dialogue is trite. The special effects are dated and the story is flat and predictable. One of the WORST movies ever made, period! Much less a war movie...

But my favorites are (in no particular order):

- Band of Brothers
- Longest Day
- Saving Private Ryan
- A Bridge too Far
- the Great Escape

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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 6:04 am

Patton

Guns of Navarone

Longest Day

The Great Escape

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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 6:15 am

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 10):
Oh man.. I can't you believe you LIKE that movie?! I mean.. it's complete trash! Nicholas Cage is just shite, that alone makes it crap. But then you've got him firing a Thompson from the hip and just whipping it around wildly while the Japanese just fall over miraculously. The dialogue is trite. The special effects are dated and the story is flat and predictable. One of the WORST movies ever made, period! Much less a war movie...

Well that's freedom of speech out the window.  

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 10):
One of the WORST movies ever made, period!

You obviously haven't seen "Master of disguise" or "clockstoppers"...

Ok, so maybe Windtalkers isn't the best war movie ever made, but I thought it was ok, and therefore added it to the list.

Thom@s

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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 6:33 am

Thom@s... I didn't mean it as a direct criticism. Please don't be offended.. I merely meant to have a spirited debate about films and film technique. I apologize if I spoke a little too forcefully.

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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 7:02 am

Sometimes some good old hollywood bullshit answers to my need for action. This film was one of them...  Wink

No offence taken.

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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 7:39 am

The War Game
Thin Red Line
Come and See
Bridge Too Far(even though it had a lot of errors)
Waterloo
 
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 7:56 am

I can only say that Hollywood can never replicate the true horrors of war. Thank God for that. My favorite, though, because of its simplicity, is Stalag 17. Another, is, Twelve O'Clock High.
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 8:26 am

Some of the best, IMO.

Sgt York...w/Gary Cooper.
To Hell & Back...w/Audie Murphy
Destination Toyko...w/Cary Grant
Sands of Iwo Jima...w/John Wayne
Memphis Belle...w/Matt Modine
Sahara...w/Humphrey Bogart
PT 109...w/Cliff Robertson

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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:04 am

If you wish to see real war as it is, though in a movie, check for this one
"The 317th platoon"
French with English subtitles, available on cassette and dvd.

Directed by Pierre Schoendorfer, a Dienbienphu survivor, and photographed by Raoul Coutard, who shot "Breathless" (the real one, Godard's) and Truffaut's best films, this is in every way the best, most real and gripping filmed drama of the Indochina wars ever made. It was photographed in glorious black-and-white on location in Cambodia. If you were a combat veteran, line doggie or LRRP in Vietnam this wonderful movie will resonate with you. The little details are there, sounds, faces, jungle rivers, all of it. If you weren't there and want to know what it was like then you should purchase this film. No other film comes close to the understated realism and gritty reality of Schoendorfer's masterpiece -- and I've seen them all. This is a true masterpiece of the war film genre and the best "Vietnam movie" ever made. (review by sinacity)

I have seen Apocalypse Now probably 5 times, and Das Boot about the same.
 
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:14 am

Quoting Greyhound (Reply 4):
Except for Crimson Tide. Worst sub movie I've ever seen.

Ok, I hope you are making this statment based on it's technical merits, which makes a LOT of sense comming from someone of your experience. I will not argue those points as I have NO Clue what the inside of a sub looks like (movies aside). What I have to say is that the story of CT compared to Hunt for Red October is a LOT better. Namely for one reason.
You know Ramius is not going to Nuke us. CT, (the first time you see it) you don't know how it's going to go; as fake as the scenario surrounding it is.


My Favorite:

Quoting Slider (Reply 11):
Patton
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:15 pm

The Dirty Dozen [English]
The Battle of the Bulge [English]
BORDER [Hindi]
Tora-Tora-Tora [English]
LAKSH [Hindi]

regds
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:32 pm

I would have to say Star Wars.

Oh ? You mean it *had* to be about WWII ???

Sorry then.

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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:44 pm

-"Die Brücke" (Germany, mid-50s, about some boys dying in the last days of WWII in a useless case of last stand)
-"Gettysburg" (USA 1993)
-"Im Westen nichts Neues/All quiet on the Western front" (USA, early 30s), an excellent film after the excellent book of Remarque. Forbidden by the Nazis to be shown in Germany.
-"Das Boot"
-"Apocalyse Now"

Except Gettysburg all Anti-war films before anything else, Gettysburg being more a excellent historical piece.
 
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 12:58 am

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 19):
What I have to say is that the story of CT compared to Hunt for Red October is a LOT better. Namely for one reason.
You know Ramius is not going to Nuke us. CT, (the first time you see it) you don't know how it's going to go; as fake as the scenario surrounding it is.

I know. I'm not sure if Crimson Tide was ever a book. As far as story line goes... I would have read THFRO any day over CT. As far as movie wise... yeah, CT was better. As far as technicality, which you mentioned, yeah, CT sucked really bad. A Captain as the CO of a boomer? They used to be, but that was a long time ago, and I think, BEFORE the movie came out. I'm not some expert on subs, but jeez.... Steam coming out of all the grated decks and stuff in that movie? If there'e steam coming out of ANYWHERE.. it's a steam line rupture in the engine room and people aren't going to be running THROUGH it... they'd be chopped in half. We don't have grated decks like they did in the movie on board... and as far as his dog? No pets underway no matter the rank.... My guess is a torpedoman would have that dog in one of his tubes for a "snapshot". And I don't know where the weps was in CT, but that looked little to not at all like MCC.

Quoting NA (Reply 22):
-"Gettysburg" (USA 1993)



Quoting NA (Reply 22):
Except Gettysburg all Anti-war films before anything else, Gettysburg being more a excellent historical piece

Rats.. I forgot about that movie. You're right... an excellent movie... I wore out the first copy of it I had. Historically speaking, that movie is outstanding. Even one of my more favorite war movies, The Battle of Midway, had historical flaws in it.
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 1:17 am

The Battle of Britain.

12 O'clock High

The War Lover (Steve McQueen at his best)

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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 1:28 am

Quoting Greyhound (Reply 23):
A Captain as the CO of a boomer? They used to be, but that was a long time ago, and I think, BEFORE the movie came out.

Well I've got a documentary from 1992 in which they interviewed the CO of the Georgia and he was an O-6. Crimson Tide was from 1995 so it's possible, as some boomers had O-6s as COs into 2001.
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 1:32 am

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 25):
as some boomers had O-6s as COs into 2001.

True... my bust. I was going off the Ohio's history. In fact, at the time CT was made, the Alabama did have an O-6 in command. But by that time, it was more the exception to the rule I think.
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 2:04 am

Quoting Greyhound (Reply 26):
In fact, at the time CT was made, the Alabama did have an O-6 in command. But by that time, it was more the exception to the rule I think.

At the time CT was made, I'm pretty sure it was more of an exception for the CO to be lower than an O-6. Of the Ohios whose history I can lay hands on, during 1995, Henry M. Jackson,, Alabama, Alaska, Nevada, and Kentucky all had O-6s commanding one or both crews.
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:07 am

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Best war film about.

Love the flying sequences, and did u know this

More than 100 german and British WW2 era planes were purchased for the production making the producer, Harry Saltzman the commander of the worlds 35th ranking air power

What film can claim that title  Smile
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:54 am

Apocalypse Now
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my personal favourite - and the poster currently on my wall

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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:55 am

1. Full Metal Jacket (at least Boot Camp. Things get lame after that.)
2. Black Hawk Down
3. U-571

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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 9:17 am

Saving Private Ryan.My favorite movie of all.


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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 9:39 am

Quoting AR1300 (Reply 31):
Saving Private Ryan.My favorite movie of all.


Mike

That's my favorite war movie also.  Smile
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 3:06 pm

My Top Five

1)Das Boat-Directors Cut.Very real!

2)Tora!Tora!Tora!

3)Midway

4)Battle Of Britian

5)Battle of the Bulge

Another 5:Patton, Spartacus,Lawrence of Arabia,
Sink the Bismark!,The Great Escape.

TV War Series:The Civil War(PBS)
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 3:12 pm

"Wings" (1928) - Everything else is wanking the chain.
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 3:29 pm







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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:13 pm

Easy:

1) Das Boot: Directors Cut (I think thats the one I saw and it was hands down the best I have ever seen)

2) The Thin Red Line (the countless cameo's pissed me off but it was more real than any of the 'pacific war' films and had a more human touch)

3) Platoon

Anything else for me is too glossy or too skewed.

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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:27 pm

In no particular order:

Gettysburg
Gods and Generals
Patton
The Sands of Iwo Jima
Battle of the Bulge
Thin Red Line
Tora Tora Tora
Midway
Blackhawk Down
Dirty Dozen
Saving Private Ryan
Band of Brothers
The Longest Day
Platoon
Full Metal Jacket
Johnny Got His Gun
Guns of Navarone
Hunt for Red October
Crimson Tide
Apocolypse Now
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RE: Your Favorite War Movie?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:13 pm

1) The Battle of Algiers , probably the best film about terroroism and the response of the state, made in the 60s still so relevent that the pentagon use it as a training film

2) Das Boot , I love the way it portrays the boredom and inactivity as well as the action

3) The Battle of Britain , I have had a soft spot for this ever since I was a kid. Historicaly acurate but let down by its detail, ie. all the pilots are too old, they should have been portrayed by muchyounger actors as in Memphis Belle

4) Zulu , "Zulus sah! Fahsends of 'em!"

5) Conspiracy , No action but a chilling recreation of the way the Nazis thought.


If we are including TV series, I would add Warriors ,a BBC mini series about British troops in Bosnia.
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