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Glory
Saving Private Ryan
A Soldier's Story
Miracle at St. Anna's

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MMR Digital

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rfordphotos wrote:
Thanks!

But there is nothing unique about me or my family, there are literally millions of Vets with the same history. I am willing to bet there are those in this thread that share the same kind of family history.


It is harder to find good examples of films about the aftermath of war, the damage to the warriors, the damage to society.

"Deer Hunter" won a lot of awards, but they took HUGE dramatic license with fact to tell their story. If you realize the "war" scenes are really fictional, and pay attention only to the message of the film, its a good flick.

"Coming Home" was similar. Good message. Terrible choice of actresses (Hanoi Jane Fonda -ptui!)

"In the Valley of Elah" another view of one facet of the aftermath...

A great film, "Legends of the Fall" touches on a lots of these issues, and is beautifully filmed.

There are sooooo many films. Sadly we have had soooo many wars to provide inspiration for the filmmakers.

I had an uncle Frank- never got to meet him much except at a veterans hospital in NJ. I was very young, 8-9 years old. He had been "shell shocked", WWII. He would come home once a year for a week. I pretty much imagine his existence as "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest". I was told he would hold broom sticks and crawl on the floor looking for enemies in the house. God bless you uncle Frank.

There's no film, just memories.

Jun 14 13 07:05 pm Link

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Frank Lewis Photography

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What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?

Dr. Strangelove

Jun 14 13 07:12 pm Link

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Stanley L Moore

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rfordphotos wrote:
Thanks!

But there is nothing unique about me or my family, there are literally millions of Vets with the same history. I am willing to bet there are those in this thread that share the same kind of family history.


It is harder to find good examples of films about the aftermath of war, the damage to the warriors, the damage to society.

THE classic aftermath of war film is "The Best Years of Our Lives." IIRC it garnered an Oscar or two. I just saw it recently. One of the actors got TWO Oscars for his performance as a disabled veteran.

Jun 14 13 07:41 pm Link

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255 West

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The Japanese section of "Flags of Our Fathers".

Jun 14 13 07:41 pm Link

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Stanley L Moore

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Here are a couple more I forgot to mention.

"13 Rue Madeleine", classic behind the lines movie starring James Cagney.

I liked "Adolph Hitler" starring Richard Basehart.

"Where Eagles Dare" teaming up Richard Burton with Clint Eastwood. Another behind enemy lines epic. Full of action and suspense.

"Mrs Miniver" , Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in tour de force roles. Winston Churchill is said to have remarked that this  film did more for the war effort than 100 battleships.

On a lighter note "Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon". I am a sucker for Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

Jun 14 13 08:02 pm Link

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Stanley L Moore

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Frank Lewis Photography wrote:
What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?

Dr. Strangelove

I LOVE THIS. Dr. Strangelove is one of the funniest films I have ever seen.
The Slim Pickens role was supposed to have been played by Peter Sellers. He is so funny. And George C. Scott as Gen. Buck Turdgison is absolutely hilarious.

Jun 14 13 08:09 pm Link

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Stanley L Moore

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OOOOps, I for got to to mention:

"Inglorious Basterds", strange quirky and not acciorate historically at all but strangely entertaining.

"The Manchurian Candidate" tangentially connected to the Korean War. Great suspense, star turns by Lawrence Harvey and Frank Sinatra.

"The Stranger", an aftermath of WWII film starring Edward G. Robinson and Orson Welles as the closeted Nazi in rural Connecticut.

Jun 14 13 08:33 pm Link

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Tony Lawrence

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Its hard too beat Apocalypse Now.   Its great on so many levels.   I don't see it but check out:   13 Assassins: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1436045/   Its not Seven Samurai but its excellent.   Ran is also very good.

Jun 14 13 08:45 pm Link

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"Glory"  Despite the accurate language and dialog (that sounds kinda wooden to the modern ear) - This was the first Civil War Movie that they really TRIED to get things historically correct.

"Gettysburg" -  The book was eerie - a book that FELT right - like the author had touched some vein of historical fact and never let go.  The movie was again - dead nuts on in most historical aspects.  And told a story of Chamberlain and the 20th Maine - that had been lost to all but the most hard core civil war nuts.  It was a story that people should know and I'm glad it was seen. 

My only great sadness is that "The Last Full Measure" will likely never be filmed - to see the same Chamberlain rendering honors to the Beaten Confederates at Appomattox would have be stunning - (To me, it's the single most important moment in the History of the Civil War.)

"Saving Private Ryan" - a bit on the "Beat you over the head with the sentiment" at times - But, also brutal and honest - a worthy addition.

And while not a movie per-SE -

"Band of Brothers" aces out all the rest.  This is an.. Achievement - - that I can't image the topping of.  These were ordinary real people who did extraordinary things.  And the story was told with a grace and honesty that was quite humbling.

Jun 14 13 08:49 pm Link

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255 West wrote:
The Japanese section of "Flags of Our Fathers".

"Letters From Iwo Jima." I was waiting to see if that got mentioned. It was a harrowing, great movie. Tough to watch. War movies should be tough to watch in places.

"Saving Private Ryan" was about as good as a war movie gets for my tastes. "Band of Brothers" was wonderful. Same sort of storytelling philosophy. It did a better job simply because it had more time.

I was one of the few that liked "Empire of the Sun."

I grant "Apocalypse Now" and "The Deer Hunter" their places in the pantheon. I just wasn't cool enough to enjoy them all that much.

Jun 14 13 10:11 pm Link

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Frank Lewis Photography

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Winter Park, Florida, US

Richard Widmark in Halls of Montezuma and Destination Gobi

Also The D.I. with Jack Webb as a Marine drill instructor at Parris Island. Not really a war movie but Jack Webb could tell a factual story without the facts being boring.

Jun 15 13 10:15 am Link

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You Can Call Me Pierre

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Letters from Iwo Jima

Jun 15 13 02:31 pm Link

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Virtual Studio

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Saving Private Ryan - great propaganda. Played fast and loose with history though.

Took a needless pop at the Royal Navy by neglecting their contribution in landing the tropps, ignored the fact that the lack of tank support on the beaches was largely due to the cowardice of the US Navy in failing to get close enough to the beaches when launching the DD Shermans.

Not sure why they did that.

I like:

Went the day well?
Enemy at the Gates
All quiet on the western front (the original 1920's version)

Jun 15 13 02:52 pm Link

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Francisco Nazario

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Das Boot

Still one of the most suspenseful movies I've ever seen. If you don't mind foreign movies I'd highly recommend it, especially he director's cut. Also Downfall is my second favorite, also german, as it gives a pretty interesting view of the Third Reich in its final days, shows how delusional Hitler really was and the difference between the soldiers who fought on despite a hopeless situation and the SS who hunted down civilians who fled.

Jun 15 13 03:37 pm Link

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You Can Call Me Pierre

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The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

Jun 15 13 05:02 pm Link

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Managing Light

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Salem, Virginia, US

As mentioned: "The Longest Day," and "Gettysburg."

Jun 15 13 07:03 pm Link

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Friday Art Photography

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On the Beach
Fail Safe
A Town Like Alice
All Quiet on the Western Front

Jun 15 13 07:08 pm Link

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Rick Dupuis Photography

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Stanley L Moore wrote:
Dr. Strangelove

I LOVE THIS. Dr. Strangelove is one of the funniest films I have ever seen.

You can't fight in there. This is the War Room!

Jun 15 13 08:34 pm Link

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T-D-L

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Los Angeles, California, US

Depends on my mood but I flip back and forth between Saving Private Ryan, Blackhawk Down, and Platoon.

Jun 15 13 09:36 pm Link

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Garry k

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

RAN

Jun 15 13 09:56 pm Link

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Kellys Heroes

Saving Private Ryan

Band of Brothers (ok, its a min series)

Where Eagles Dare

Gallipoli

Shaolin (2011 film-This one will surprise you)

Schindlers List

Jun 15 13 10:04 pm Link

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Robb Mann

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Gee, i notice no-one's mentioned the last Pearl Harbor remake...

Jun 16 13 03:49 am Link

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Frank Lewis Photography

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Winter Park, Florida, US

Robb Mann wrote:
Gee, i notice no-one's mentioned the last Pearl Harbor remake...

Because it was awful.

The best Pearl Harbor movie is Tora Tora Tora. It is a historically accurate, well made movie. No CGI either. Real airplanes.

Let me add Battle of Britain to the list here. Again, made with real airplanes and real locations.

Speaking of the Battle of Britain, a very good BBC mini-series from the 1980s: Piece of Cake. A six-part series about the phoney war in France and the Battle of Britain. Real Spitfires and some out-takes from the movie Battle of Britain. As is typical of the BBC, a compelling and exciting series.

Jun 16 13 05:59 am Link

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Frank Lewis Photography

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Let me add two television series here. I know this thread is about movies but these two series need to be mentioned. Call to Glory starring Craig T. Nelson as Col. Raynor Sarnac, USAF. The story focused on the Cold War and our early involvement Vietnam. The series also introduced us to Elisabeth Shue. The next series is Tour of Duty starring Terence Knox as Sgt. Zeke Anderson . The Vietnam War told from a grunt's point of view. It wasn't about the glory, it was about survival.

Jun 16 13 06:15 am Link

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Jessica M G

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Cherrystone wrote:
Glory, Pvt Ryan, & Last of the Mohicans.

Last of the Mohicans, defiently! My sisters and I began watching blow 'em up movies and war movies when we were really little because my dad wouldn't let us watch anything else with him. I would say some of the best ones are:
Last of the Mohicans
Saving Private Ryan
Braveheart
The Patriot
Kingdom of Heaven
Pearl Harbor
Gladiator
My dads favorites are:
Apoctolypto
Troy
300
Mongol
Last Legion

Jun 16 13 03:14 pm Link

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Julia Francesca

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Full Metal Jacket, omg sooo gooood....

Jun 16 13 05:27 pm Link

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Frank Lewis Photography

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Winter Park, Florida, US

Three Came Home with Claudette Colbert and Sessue Hayakawa as the camp commander.

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Schindler's List

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The Thin Red Line
The New World
Das Boot
Lili Marleen
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Downfall
Kagemusha
Ran
Seven Samurai
Breaker Morant
Pan's Labyrinth
The Dam Busters
Star Wars IV-VI

Jun 17 13 06:32 am Link

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annie lomowitz

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Heaven & Earth...
final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl who survives a life of suffering and hardship during and after the Vietnam war....


OS was in V..
April 1967, Stone enlisted in the United States Army, requesting combat duty in Vietnam. He served from September 1967 through November 1968 with the 25th Infantry Division, then with the First Cavalry Division, earning a Bronze Star with Combat V for heroism in ground combat; he was wounded twice and received a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster. He also received the Air Medal for participating in more than 25 helicopter combat assaults and the Army Commendation Medal

Jun 17 13 07:14 am Link

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studioduplateau

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Inglourious Basterds all the way! Tarantino is a genius!

Jun 17 13 11:20 am Link

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JohnEnger

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War of the Roses.

Jun 17 13 11:25 am Link