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Old 6th Mar 2018, 01:11
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Note hedge cutters, scavenged out of steel girders, welded on the tank prow.
Hastily improvised and installed by the engineers to get through the Normandy hedgerows.
Bit like a chopper wire cutter.
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Old 6th Mar 2018, 01:36
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1) Dam Busters and Tora Tora Tora (if you expand to WWI, I'd also include Sergeant York and post WWII the Yangtze Incident), Battle of the River Platte (might be in category 2), 30 Seconds over Tokyo (some of the best low level flight footage IMHO), Patton
2) Malta Story, Appointment in London, BoB, Sahara (Bogart version)
3) The Purple Plain (if you like Gregory Peck, you should check this one out), A Guy Named Joe, Dark Blue World (Czech), The Night My Number Came Up, Run Silent Run Deep, Ill Met By Moonlight, The Blue Max (if you expand to WWI).
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Old 6th Mar 2018, 02:12
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Originally Posted by sidevalve View Post
"Battle of the Bulge"?? (made in 1965)
If that was in response to my query, no it wasn't "Battle of the Bulge" (not a very good movie IMHO). There is a scene where the American tanks shoot the German tanks in the underbelly as they move over a ridge (in that great Ardennes desert tank battle ), but that's not what I'm talking about.
Memory says it was a black and white movie, but it's been so long that I'm not sure I trust that part.
Piperboy - no argument - The Longest Day belongs on the list, I should have included it. I also really enjoy 'Where Eagles Dare" but definitely a cat 3) BTW, 'Kelly's Hero's" and "Where Eagles Dare" are in both in the same Blu-ray box set (my DVD of Kelly's Hero's somehow got damaged - when I went to Amazon to replace it, it was cheaper to get the box set with Where Eagles Dare than to buy Kelly's Hero's by itself)
VAP - I didn't particularly like Fury, but no question they went out of their way in the realism department. Saw a TV show about how they filmed the Sherman vs. Tiger battle scenes and it was impressive. They went so far as to locate a surviving Tiger that was used for some scenes (they had another, newer armored vehicle that was mocked up to look like a Tiger for some of the moving scenes).
The mini-series Pacific is pretty good - I wish my dad had still been around to watch it with me (his unit is depicted in some of the scenes on Guadalcanal) - but somehow I just don't find it as enjoyable as Band of Brothers.
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No one has mentioned The War Lover - memorable for a great line from Steve McQueen. He's walking through the grounds of King's College Cambridge with the love interest (presumably after a couple of pints in The Eagle) when she says "Flying must be wonderful - I mean breaking through the clouds and seeing the dawn!" Steve fixes her with his steeliest look and says "Dawns are for co-pilots".
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A little offbeat perhaps, but Hell in the Pacific with Lee Marvin and Tohiro Mifuni stands out in my memory as a rather interesting work of film art.
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The Night My Number Came Up

i really like this film and have just seen it again on talking pictures CH 81 freeview but it is post war no?
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I didn't particularly like Fury, but no question they went out of their way in the realism department.
I did like Fury. Not for the plot, which I thought was stupid, but because for the first time I had an inkling of what it must have been like for my Dad, who was a tank driver. I never found out anything from him, because he refused to talk about his experiences in Burma.

My favourite film is A Bridge Too Far. My least favourite is the recent Dunkirk movie. I would have walked out, except I was with my son, who had bought the tickets.

Who could make a war movie without mentioning the name of the enemy? What Spitfire pilot would ditch with the canopy closed!
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Three for the 3) category, "Von Ryans Express" (but mostly for Trevor Howard), "In which we serve" and "We dive at dawn".

"The Longest Day" is worth an evening with the beer and peanuts, with a definite all star cast to choose from.

Honourable mentions to "Operation Petticoat" and "Father Goose" for having Cary Grant in them.
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Not disagreeing about the "feel" of the thing (a bit like Memphis Bell in that aspect) it is just the incident with the Tiger I personally find far fetched, especially given the fact that the Germans were retreating at this stage of the conflict and husbanding resources, not to mention the very real threat from the allied air force for any movement in the open. I always remember the smell of churned earth and fumes from my short time with tanks, combined with the normal smells we humans tend to give off that become far more noticeable when closed up ! Long time ago for me now, and at least nobody was shooting live rounds at us.

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tdracer,

I can't remember such a scene in any movie I've seen. However, maybe it's worth a list a couple of movies I haven't seen that involve tanks in WWII, it may help narrow things down!

The Tanks Are Coming (1951)
Battleground (1949)
Tank Battalion (1958) - skimmed through this on youtube and didn't see what you described, but may have missed it

I rewatched the original Dunkirk movie a few years ago (the 1958 version) and although not the best it was much better than I remembered. I've yet to see the new movie.
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Cheers, Mr Mac. We can no doubt chalk up the Tiger battle scene to Hollywood's proclivity for grandiosity. I recall talking with a friend of my brother's who served during Desert Storm in an Abrams. When asked what the heat was like, he said it had air conditioning, not for the men, but the machine.

While the action occurs outside of the war, I enjoyed The Eichmann Show quite a lot, if only for the nostalgic view of how television was run. It was based on the true story of the live television coverage of the Eichmann trial.

Another true story, Men of Honor, is an interesting look into Navy divers from the POV of a black recruit. Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr both provide good performances.

While Hollywood once again took a great deal of artistic license, Defiance, another oft-missed but worthwhile film, is about the true story of the Jewish Bielski Brothers in Poland.

Thanks for the thread, tdracer.
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Not sure if it's been mentioned yet, but Kirk Douglas in the WW1 film "Paths of Glory" was particularly harrowing, yet all the more believable for it.
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Nobody voting for "Theirs Is the Glory"?
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...ya'll forgot Trapper John & crew...so sad..
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An interesting film not yet mentioned - "Sophie Scholl - The Final Days" about a German resistance movement called "Die Weisse Rose" during WW11.
An interesting insight from a German perspective, including comments from Hitlers´Secretary (Traudl Junge) at the beginning and the end.
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The Longest Day was noted for its star studded cast but what i particularly liked was they played the role cast and didn't seem to have star cameo roles.

In contrast Battle of the Bulge had parts bigged up for the star. I think Telly Savalas was grossly overacted with shades of Sgt Bilko.
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Old 6th Mar 2018, 20:59
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I’m going to side with those who mention “Stalingrad” ( yes, the German version) . That one came to mind again a couple of days ago when we flew over the top of Volgograd back towards europe...clear skies, good views of the city and river, there was snow on the ground of course and it was really hard not to think of and reflect on Von Paulus’s 6th Army trooping into captivity.....
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Originally Posted by Hokulea View Post
tdracer,
The Tanks Are Coming (1951)
Battleground (1949)
Tank Battalion (1958) - skimmed through this on youtube and didn't see what you described, but may have missed it

I rewatched the original Dunkirk movie a few years ago (the 1958 version) and although not the best it was much better than I remembered. I've yet to see the new movie.
It's not Battleground - I have it on DVD - a very good movie for it's time but it hasn't aged particularly well (for those who might not know - it follows a platoon from the 101st in the Battle of the Bulge).
I'll look into the other two.
Personally, I wouldn't bother with the new Dunkirk movie (especially if you have to pay to watch it - I'm pissed that I wasted my money).
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ukc mike - you mentioned Theirs is the Glory. An interesting choice and I suspect a lot on here may never have heard of it. Basically a re-enactment of the Arnhem part of Market Garden, using many of the original troops who had taken part.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theirs_Is_the_Glory

The film first came to my notice when I acquired one of these interesting souvenir "tickets" for the premiere, made from aluminium from crashed gliders.

An Aluminium Ticket ? johnwinter.net
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The Big Red One starring Lee Marvin

A Midnight Clear and starring Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise

Two little known but very good WW2 movies i think
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