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Old 04-05-2005, 14:54   #1
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War Movies: Duck and Cover!

Was just cruising the classic forum looking for some recommedations for War Movies which i hadn't seen. This was sparked by picking up the fantastic restored Big Red One and watching another fave of mine The Eagle Has Landed (thanks to the Daily Mail..... ) in the last few weeks....so lets have them then, your recommendations for essential war movies on disc, the cheaper the better.......let's go

I will start with Attack , a massive influence on Private Ryan i'd wager and one of the great pared down views of men in combat i've ever seen.

So what are your all time faves?
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Old 04-05-2005, 14:59   #2
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Dunkirk is one of my all time favorite war movies, and still not out on DVD!
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Not seen Dunkirk, one of those i always miss when it's on TV......strange it's never made it to disc though
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Old 04-05-2005, 15:08   #4
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Off the top of my head...

Hell is For Heroes
They Were Expendable
The Sands of Iwo Jima
The Young Lions
12 O'Clock High
The Purple Plain
The Bridge on The River Kwai
The Guns of Navarone
Paths of Glory
The Dirty Dozen
Kelly's Heroes
Where Eagles Dare
In Which We Serve
The Heroes of Telemark
The Dam Busters
Went The Day Well
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Cruel Sea
Sink The Bismarck!
Battle of The River Plate
Cross of Iron
The Blue Max
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Any Sam Fuller war movie. And Pork Chop Hill.
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Cross Of Iron is my all time favourite.

Also:
Objective Burma
Go Tell The Spartans
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Cross of Iron is one of my faves too, i'd love a decent special edition of that to be reissued (serviceable as the current release is)....

Speaking of which, has anyone seen the sequel directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, i've never seen it but saw it on sale recently in Germany as a double pack with Cross....I imagine it's pretty terrible but i have a fondness for late period boozy Burton!
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Old 04-05-2005, 20:43   #8
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Patton is marvellous, so is Das Boot (any version) and there's an extraordinary Soviet film called Come and See.
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Old 04-05-2005, 22:09   #9
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How can you have forgotten the superb Ice Cold in Alex !!!

The Colditz Story is very good too.
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Old 05-05-2005, 20:11   #10
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Loco Not bad!

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Off the top of my head...

Hell is For Heroes
They Were Expendable
The Sands of Iwo Jima
The Young Lions
12 O'Clock High
The Purple Plain
The Bridge on The River Kwai
The Guns of Navarone
Paths of Glory
The Dirty Dozen
Kelly's Heroes
Where Eagles Dare
In Which We Serve
The Heroes of Telemark
The Dam Busters
Went The Day Well
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Cruel Sea
Sink The Bismarck!
Battle of The River Plate
Cross of Iron
The Blue Max
You couls aso try:

Midway
Tora Tora Tora
The Battle of Britain.
Zulu
Band of Brother (OK a TV series but still brilliant)
The Sea Wolves
Operation Pettycoat
Das Boat
Mrs Miniver
A Bridge too Far
The Seabees
Firefox
The 4th Proticol

OK my spelling sux!

Of course you could add almost all of the Jame Bond movies but that would be streching it a bit.
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Dark Blue World.
The Final Countdown
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Can't believe no one's mentioned Full Metal Jacket yet.

That and Paths of Glory come pretty much top on my list with Platoon somewhere in there too.

The Longest Day would be another I'd recommend.
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As a war movie, I've always thought Full Metal Jacket very weak... the first half is interesting as an almost surreal descent into contradictory authoritarian madness, but the second half seems (to me) only interesting as an illustration of Kubrick's treatment of women.

I love Paths of Glory though.
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Loco The Final Countdown?????????????

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Dark Blue World.
The Final Countdown
Isn't The Final Countdown a Sci-Fi tale?

Sure it concerns Sailors, but it is a time travel story much like The Philadelphia Experiment There is some conflict but not enough to call it a war movie.

Of course you could be talking about a different movie with the same title but I don't know of any and so I'll just stick by my first point.
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Paul Verhoeven's Soldier Of Orange. One of the best movies ever made and based on the incredible but true war-time adventures of Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema. Can't recommend this high enough!
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Ok guys il keep it short and sweet for a change lol.Heres some of my favs from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.
1.)THE WAY AHEAD
2.) DAMBUSTERS
3.) BATTLE OF BRITAIN
4.) TOO LATE THE HERO
5.) A BRIDGE TOO FAR
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Sam Peckinpah's Cross of Iron is fantastic.
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It's from 1983 but I don't think you'll mind if I mention Ted Kotcheff's "Uncommon Valor". Produced by John Milius' company, it's basically post-Vietnam wish fulfilment but it's distinguished from the likes of "Rambo" by a remarkable and unexpected range of adult emotion. This is partly because the script is more thoughtful than most and partly because it has a once in a lifetime cast - Gene Hackman, Tim Thomerson, Reb Brown, Fred Ward, Robert Stack, Harold Sylvester and the great Randall 'Tex' Cobb. The action is fast and tough and the ending is interesting for the way in which it manages to be satisfying yet believable. Definitely recommended - although anyone who is allergic to 1980s cheese might want to give the end title song a miss.
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Isn't Uncommon Valor based on a reputed attempt (by William Shatner, amongst others) to organise such an endeavour in real life?
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