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    Question World War II movies..................

    I've always been interested in WW ll. Such an awesome time in history.

    What are your favorite WW II movies and why?
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    I've seen too many to remember! Here are few I really liked -
    Yamato (2005) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xaa...o-tachi-n_tech
    Enemy At The Gates (2001) http://youtu.be/XgRyLz47liM
    The Battle of Britain (1969) http://youtu.be/yXf1bhEEXd0
    Patton (1970) http://youtu.be/mu11QRO9BrQ

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    Dambusters 1955
    Cockleshell Heroes 1955

    Two genuine British stories of courage and endurance.

    Guns of Navarone 1961

    A piece of Hollywood Hokum, redeemed by David Niven. The Brits do it so much better.

    Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 David Lean at his best.

    Casablanca 1942 - the start of a beautiful friendship

    Ice Cold in Alex 1958 - used in a number of adverts
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    The 'best' film I've seen in Schindler's List, but I never want to see it again. You will understand why.

    One film that I used to enjoy when it was regularly shown on British TV is 'The Man that Never Was', (1956) about Operation Mincemeat, a 1943 British Intelligence plan to deceive the Axis powers into thinking Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily, would take place elsewhere.
    The tension, and the poignancy of the dead man's father agreeing to the ploy, is what I remember it for.

    I also enjoyed the black & white film (1959) 'The Diary of Anne Frank' for its tension & pathos.

    And 'A Town called Alice' for the sadness & the romance.

    I am looking forward to a chance to see 'The Railway Man', a book I taught at A-level, about the late Eric Lomax & the torture he suffered at Japanese hands & how he came to terms with it later. Anyone who has read the book can only admire his determined, courageous character & the last page always got me reaching for the Kleenex.

    You will have gathered by now that I am not a 'guns blazing' kind of war film fan!
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    Fury (2014) with Brad Pitt interests me because it will use a real Tiger tank rather than a mock-up. I've seen some good fakes, but I would enjoy seeing how the real tank features in a flick.

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    I still like some of the old classics:
    The Longest Day - about the invasion of Normandy. Great ensemble cast, enjoyable WWII movie.
    Casablanca - Bogart at his best, and a stunning leading lady.
    A Bridge Too Far - about Operation Market Garden. Not my favorite, but still really well done. So many great actors, as well.
    Saving Private Ryan - Really well done.
    Band of Brothers - not a movie, but an HBO mini-series, based on the book by Stephen Ambrose, following a parachute infantry regiment from D-Day through the end of the war in Europe. One of the groups that was forever immortalized as the "Battling ******** of Bastogne."
    Where Eagles Dare - Fictional movie, a great espionage movie set during WWII. Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton. One of my all-time favorites.
    Tora! Tora! Tora!
    The Sands of Iwo Jima - John Wayne and WWII! He was also in The Longest Day.
    Flag of our Fathers - a more sober and realistic telling of Iwo Jima, from the perspective of the men who raised the flag on Mt. Suribachi.
    Patton - iconic, great biopic and movie. George C. Scott in an immortal role.
    Schindler's List - one of those movies that moves me every single time I watch it, no matter how many times that is.
    Valkyrie - I don't particularly like Tom Cruise, but I thought he did a good job in this retelling of the Stauffenberg plot to kill Hitler.

    There are so many others. War movies, and WWII movies in particular, are my passion.

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    I forgot to mention Das Boot - life on a German U-Boot. Early Wolfgang Petersen (later did Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, among others). Along that same vein, U-571, a submarine and espionage story. A bit cheesy at times, but enjoyable enough.

    Oh, and let's not forget the Dirty Dozen. And while we are on Lee Marvin, I always enjoyed Hell in the Pacific, with just him and the great Japanese actor Toshiru Mifune - a Japanese and an American marooned on an island in the Pacific during the war.

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    A couple for you Dr.
    Guadalcanal Diary
    Breakthrough
    A lot of actual footage in those.
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    Der Untergang (Downfall), a 2004 film about Hitler's last days in the Berlin bunker. Fascinating and horrifying - and only hints at how totally off his head Hitler really was. For me the most chilling scene was when Frau Goebbels murders her own children as she is unable to accept the failure of National Socialism.
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    Cross of Iron
    Peckinpah's film about the Eastern front.
    Not many about that.
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    Not necessarily about WWII, but its aftermath - Judgment at Nuremberg. Spencer Tracy, a young William Shatner, and Maximillian Schell.

    Tom Selleck, not too long ago, portrayed Ike in a movie about the decisions immediately leading up to D-Day. Not a bad movie.

    I can't believe I forgot The Great Escape. Great prison break movie, with another incredible cast - Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasance, James Coburn.

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    I like the first 15 minutes of Saving Private Ryan, but not the rest of it. Casablanca is my favorite film of all time. Valkyrie was good -- I watched it as if it were a thriller.

    I automatically avoid any war movie with John Wayne, I think more because of his attitude than because of anything else. He, himself, had never seen the elephant, but at least sometimes used to behave as if he had. Unlike John Wayne, I have seen the elephant, in Vietnam. The last of his war films I saw was The Green Berets, whose level of accuracy is typified by the last scene, which has the sun setting in the east.

    I agree with Ingélou in that Schindler's List is a great movie that I never want to see again.

    My father served as an engineering officer on HM Submarine Telemachus in WWII. He said that Das Boot was the most accurate depiction of submarine duty he had seen in a film.
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    Some Came Running, The Young Lions and Das Boot. All of these get my vote, because as far as I know--not having had the honor, like my father and uncle of having served in that conflict--they all give very realistic depictions of what it was like serving in the armed forces at that time, be it American or German. The Young Lions especially addresses the issue of anti-semitism found in the U.S. Army, with Charlton Heston--if memory serves--playing the Jewish soldier who is tormented by his "fellow" soldiers, who are--or should be, at least, training in order to wage war against the greatest anti-semite of all.
    Just as a quick. aside, my father came back to barracks one night only to find that his platoon mates had left a burning Bible in his rack. Nice, huh? After that, he slept with one eye open and his weapon besides him. BTW, his whole unit eventually deployed to and served in Germany as occupation troops under General George Patton after linking up with the Russians to rid this earth of the great evil known as Hitler.
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    Speaking of those who have seen the elephant, I nearly forgot To Hell and Back with Audie Murphy.

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    I tend to prefer the the old epics that treated the battle itself as sufficient drama. E.g., A Bridge Too Far. Midway, although this adds a secondary story and some nonsense when Charlton Heston jumps in the cockpit.

    Saving Private Ryan works during the beginning, but then the story about the brother takes over.

    On the other hand, I also like To Be or Not to Be (the Lubitsch and Jack Benny version).

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