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Old 5th Mar 2018, 10:51
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Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks would appreciate this thread. I too would add Saving Private Ryan as my favorite all time WWII flick as well as seconding Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.

Of two movies based upon true events, The Imitation Game was nicely done and while it was no Academy Award winner, nor an epic movie by any stretch of the imagination, I appreciated the effort of Indianapolis: Men of Courage, if only due to the fact that I was schooled by my father on the terrible miscarriage of justice by the USN against Captain McVay.

Two complete fiction choices, but fun to watch are: Inglorious Basterds and Fury, the former very well acted with beautiful set design, and the latter, an accurate portrayal of tank warfare.

Edit: Turns out Fury, while overall a work of fiction, was in fact, based upon multiple true stories of WWII tankers.

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Old 5th Mar 2018, 10:57
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Not a great fan of war movies, however, some are more interesting than others.

Memphis Belle
Saving Private Ryan
Das Boot
Schindler's List

A special mention in the fiction category for "The Dirty Dozen" as there are several scenes that appeal to my irreverent sense of humour and it's hard to disagree with Charles Bronson's closing sentiments.

"Kelly's Heroes "......obviously, as me and "Oddball" have a lot in common

Now, the bit some of you are going to take exception to.

Non of those films made after the war by the British, in black and white, and containing the same pool of otherwise nondescript and not over talented actors all portraying every stereotype character under the sun combined with endless jingoism for a rapt public.....well those who like jingoism that is.

Plenty to choose from, but thus far we've been spared a nomination for one of the worst "Ice Cold in Alex "....thankfully.

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Old 5th Mar 2018, 11:04
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Of the Holocaust films -

Son of Saul

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_Saul

Despite my limited Hungarian, watched it easily without the subtitles...
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Old 5th Mar 2018, 11:34
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Surely Andzrej Wajda's Kanal, about the Warsaw uprising, must be up there in category 1, along with his A Generation on the same topic.

Another of his films, Katyn, has a personal angle as his father was one of hundreds of Polish oficers massacred there by the Soviets in 1940.
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Old 5th Mar 2018, 13:03
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In like order but in no set order :-
Battle of Britain
Gettysburg
Das Boot
Cruel Sea
Sink The Bismark
Battle of the River Platte
Apocalypse Now

Sorry Krystal n Chips - Ice Cold in Alex as well

Dislike
Fury - ex tanker from late 70,s so know something of armoured warfare, and no Tiger would go charging into an open field at oncoming enemy armour.
U what ever - enigma machine theft - dire.
Inglorious Bastards - just do not get it or even some of his other films.
There are other post WW2 films which were also a bit dire but too many to mention.

Left field choices
Catch 22
Kelly Heroes

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Old 5th Mar 2018, 13:16
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Hacksaw Ridge should be on Cat 1 as it is based on real events / person.
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Old 5th Mar 2018, 13:18
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Reach for the Sky is a favourite of mine.
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Originally Posted by Mr Mac View Post
In like order but in no set order :-
Battle of Britain
Gettysburg
Das Boot
Cruel Sea
Sink The Bismark
Battle of the River Platte
Apocalypse Now

Sorry Krystal n Chips - Ice Cold in Alex as well

Dislike
Fury - ex tanker from late 70,s so know something of armoured warfare, and no Tiger would go charging into an open field at oncoming enemy armour.
U what ever - enigma machine theft - dire.
Inglorious Bastards - just do not get it or even some of his other films.
There are other post WW2 films which were also a bit dire but too many to mention.

Left field choices
Catch 22
Kelly Heroes

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Ah, slight problem with era's here Mr Mac.

Apocalypse Now came some time later, very good film I agree, but some of the cousins would be upset if I said why.
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Cross of Iron - surprised it hasn't been mentioned
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Cross of Iron - surprised it hasn't been mentioned
Another one featuring James Mason is "The Desert Fox".

"The Train" - Burt Lancaster, Paul Schofield.

"From Here To Eternity" - Lancaster, Sinatra, Clift, Borgine, Superman, and last but certainly not least, Donna Reed.

"The Scarlet and the Black" - Plummer/Peck.

Speaking of Sinatra and trains - "Von Ryan's Express".

"King Rat" - Segal/Fox(the other one)/Courtenay/Mills.

"The Bridge over the River Kwai" - Holden, Hawkins, Obi Won.
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Old 5th Mar 2018, 14:43
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All of my choices are listed except:

Empire of the Sun.
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Old 5th Mar 2018, 14:46
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Originally Posted by paulc View Post
Hacksaw Ridge should be on Cat 1 as it is based on real events / person.
But not overly true to the actual events, so more a 1.5 I reckon.
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Sorry forgot the WW2 bit, so scratch Gettysburg and Apocalypse Now, both good films incidentally and the former historically accurate. Then add Cross Of Iron , Stalingrad, and Bridge too Far, and to keep the cousins happy, Bridge at Remagen just for the lack of CGI if nothing else.

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Old 5th Mar 2018, 15:05
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Stalingrad - the German version

Film I keep coming back to watching is the Battle of Britain. It just had everything, great aircraft, real dogfights, great music, humour and above all Larry Olivier doing a fantastic Hugh Dowding.
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Old 5th Mar 2018, 15:17
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Whilst not strictly a film (dvd/blue ray box set) and totally American.....................


Band of Brothers
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Old 5th Mar 2018, 15:22
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I always prefer Pacific to BoB - it just seemed more realistic.
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"The Bridge over the River Kwai" - Holden, Hawkins, Obi Won.


Took me a while to work that one out. I think Alec Guinness was both bemused and amused at the fact that he was mainly associated with this role by a whole new generation of film goers, although I'm sure he didn't object to picking up the cheque! Actually William Holden was given top billing for The Bridge on the River Kwai by the studio, but in the event Guinness acted him off the screen and got the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Colonel Nicholson.

K & C - we have crossed swords on political matters many a time, but I have never been so shocked as at your description of Ice Cold in Alex as "one of the worst"! If you consider John Mills, Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms and Harry Andrews as "nondescript and not over talented actors" then I would like to hear who you do consider talented. Incidentally it was made in the same year as Bridge on the River Kwai, 1958 - a vintage year for WW2 films, and both of those are near the top of my list.

Another vote for The Train both for the superb performances by Paul Schofield and Burt Lancaster and the wonderful old locomotive which was the real star!
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Old 5th Mar 2018, 15:42
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In no particular order but a few get my top votes:

I being a Brit of a certain age on every sunday afternoon there would be a usually british black and white war film as a must watch after Mum's Sunday roast but
first we listened to the wirelsss the clitheore kid then round the horn on the BBC light programme (now radio 2)
then the film would be on BBC or ITV (we had no other channels then)


Cruel Sea (a Fav)
memphis belle (a Fav)
dunkirk 2017 (a huge fav)
dark victory 2017 not seen it yet
one of our aircraft is missing
dambusters
carve her name with pride
atonement - a FAV
enigma - a fav
633 squadron
the first of the few - a FAV
downfall
casablanca - oh yes!
pearl harbor
charlotte grey
Churchill brian cox 2017
the gathering storm 2002 a must watch
reach for the sky
Sink The Bismarck awesome
Battle of the River Plate
Defiance jamie bell and daniel craig gripping
ice cold in alex
a town like alice amazing
in which we serve noel coward so british
bridge on the river kwai
went the day well superb
gift horse
we dive at dawn
odette
appointment in london
U-571 my pal was in this
the sea shall not have them
they who dare about Rhodes italian occupation on the greek islands
battle of the V-1
tower of terror 1941 British secret agent in Germany takes a job as the assistant to an elderly lighthouse keeper, planning to make his escape with some valuable documents.
run silent run deep
mosquito squadron
angels one five
operation crossbow
midway
The Diary of Anne Frank
colditz 2005 laurence fox tom hardy like this
The English Patient
Anthropoid gripping
Operation daybreak
the imitation game superb
Suite Française
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (could have been so much better)

the new remake of the dambusters has been mooted for several years now - i think the delay dilemma is what they call the dog now as to not offend the PC's LOL


TV Mini series
Resistance
french subtitles (superbe)

Australia
hugh jackman nicole kidman - darwin gets attacked by the Japanese


children saved from the nazis
docu-film about sir nicholas winton - met him several times

South Pacific (musical rodgers and hammerstein)
the sound of music (ditto)

my boy jack WW1 daniel radcliffe

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Old 5th Mar 2018, 16:04
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Rog747 - glad to see "the Sea shall not have them" get a mention. This was the very first film of any genre I ever saw on TV, being screened on the day we got our first TV back in 1961. I was allowed to stay up late and watch the end, despite school in the morning.

Another of the Sunday afternoon set was San Demetrio, London, telling the story of the salvaging of the petrol tanker of that name after the attack on convoy HX 84 by the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer on 5 November 1940.
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Old 5th Mar 2018, 16:12
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South Pacific
The Sound of Music
The Producers - especially Springtime for Hitler.

Serious choices would be, although already mention; Empire of the Sun,
Schindler’s List and my very favourite, Das Boot.
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