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Old 7th Mar 2018, 01:32
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Originally Posted by rog747 View Post
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?
I believe it is, but I could never tell exactly how much post-war it was. Somebody posted he entire film on utube a couple of months back. Hadn't seen it in years.
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Old 7th Mar 2018, 06:05
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Dunno about Von Ryan's Express being a good movie. Only ever saw it once, back in the late 60's but even then I scoffed at the scene where a 'Messerschmitt' was shot down by a group of soldiers armed only with IIRC, MP38/40 (?) machine pistols.

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Old 7th Mar 2018, 12:15
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Someone bought me the box set of allo allo. I couldn't stop laughing. However any movie with Jack Hawkins in will be a favourite along with Sink the Bismark.
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Old 7th Mar 2018, 13:43
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I agree with most of the films proposed so far.

My top few include:

The Dam Busters
Battle of Britain
A Bridge Too Far
Tora, Tora, Tora
Das Boot
Bridge over the River Kwai
Darkest Hour
(and more)

Kelly's Heroes deserves a very high place too!

I couldn't get too enthusiastic about The English Patient.
I have been advised by other family members to avoid watching Dunkirk as I would pick too many holes in it; from the trailers that I have seen and comparing it with books that I read about it as a kid (by 'Gun Buster', etc.) the cast were in almost pristine parade-ground condition compared with the 'tattered' and worn-out condition of the soldiers that I'd read about.

After comments on here I need to get to watch Ice Cold in Alex.

While not being movies but rather TV series, both 'Allo 'Allo and Dad's Army are excellent!

Some movies that haven't been mentioned but deserve a place for a very important aspect of World War II:
The Piainist
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
For Those I Loved
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Old 7th Mar 2018, 15:30
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A couple more come to mind, Grigori Chukhrai's Ballad of a Soldier and Kon Ichikawa's The Burmese Harp. It wasn't only the Anglophone countries that made excellent films on WW2 topics; some had a good deal more firsthand experience of the War than we did.
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Old 7th Mar 2018, 17:11
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Originally Posted by Pitchpoller View Post
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Harry Andrews as a Warrant Officer is a natural. A work of art, cinematically. In that film and in others,
I suppose it helped that he spent 5 years in the Royal Artillery in WW2 - playing himself perhaps?
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Old 7th Mar 2018, 18:19
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some had a good deal more firsthand experience of the War than we did.
Tell that to my mum who got into the Andersen shelter after getting the rest of the family in about 20 seconds before a bomb destroyed their house in Caterham, during a 1940 raid on Kenley. 20 seconds later and there would have been no

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Old 7th Mar 2018, 19:43
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Anyone mentioned Come and See yet? Peerless IMO

Fury wasn't half bad
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Old 7th Mar 2018, 19:50
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Was it Norman Hartnell in Dunkirk, the Battery Sgt Maj when John Mills pitched up?

Haven't seen mention of Bridge at Remargen. Always thought it was a typical Holywood film until we drove through Remargen last year and saw how faithful the plot was. Always remember Hans Christian Blech who survived The Longest Day before being demoted and posted to the Battle of the Bulge, and finally getting his commission back as a Captain. He was as prominent as an M48 tank pretending to being a Tiger

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Old 8th Mar 2018, 13:07
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
Was it Norman Hartnell in Dunkirk, the Battery Sgt Maj when John Mills pitched up?
Norman Hartnell designed frocks for the Queen - perhaps you are thinking of William Hartnell the actor but he wasnt in Dunkirk. The RSM in the artillery battery scene was Warwick Ashton.

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Old 8th Mar 2018, 13:40
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Highway, thank you for the correction. Of actors of the period, while many may not have seen war service, they may have done National Service or had expert tutelage and certainly look the part.

My most memorable recollection was from Cockleshell Heroes, the beach scene, Trevor Howard turns away from Victor Maddern, takes two paces and salutes, returning Madden's salute which he knows was given.

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Old 8th Mar 2018, 14:08
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William Hartnell played the sergeant in The Way Ahead.
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Old 8th Mar 2018, 16:13
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I've forgotten the name, but we watched a Russian WWII movie recently about a group of 28 Soviet soldiers who pushed back an attack by a much larger number of Germans during the assault on Moscow. There's a '28' in the title, but I can't remember the rest.

From what I understand, the story was somewhat mythologised by Soviet propaganda, but the movie was well done. And it's one of the few movies where I've ever seen Russians shooting SVT-40s and anti-tank rifles (most of which seem to have ended up here in Canada after the end of the Soviet Union).

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Old 8th Mar 2018, 17:30
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Originally Posted by Gordon17 View Post
William Hartnell played the sergeant in The Way Ahead.
Though he's possible more famous as the first Doctor Who.
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Old 8th Mar 2018, 17:52
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Also appeared in The Yangtse Incident, where he plays the part of a sailor who has to masquerade as an officer to fool the Chinese. Pre Dr Who days he was best known as CSM Bullimore in the TV series The Army Game.
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Old 9th Mar 2018, 01:41
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While looking for a DVD of 'Theirs is the Glory' (one of the movies I was previously unaware of, I stumbled on this:
Amazon Amazon

No idea of they have an equivalent set for other than Region 1, but it's worth a look - if nothing else something for those of us on the west side of the pond. The ten movies are:Appointment with Venus-Island Rescue; The Wind Cannot Read; Operation Amsterdam; Theirs is the Glory; The Day Will Dawn; Seven Thunders-The Beasts of Marseille; Unpublished Story; Two Thousand Women; Secret Mission; The Flemish Farm.
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Old 9th Mar 2018, 03:13
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No idea of they have an equivalent set for other than Region 1,
This whole DVD region issue is absurd. There are many films and Brit TV shows that I've wanted to watch that simply are not available in the US in Region 1. Interestingly, there are a number of US films only available in Region 2. Some DVD player manufacturers (I bought mine from a local big-name store headquartered in Ark) have both PAL and NTSC built in and a quick code sequence on the remote makes them region free. I now happily enjoy Region 2 DVDs purchased from the UK and Australia.
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Old 9th Mar 2018, 05:04
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Leaving the boundaries of the thread momentarily, if you run out of WWII movies, I suggest the movie “Taking Chance”. Not a war story per se, rather the story of the journey home for one of the fallen from Iraq.

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Old 9th Mar 2018, 08:11
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Mediterranio was a funny feel good movie of a bunch of Italian soldiers posted to a Greek island during ww2.
My old pop was a marine based at Eastney barracks in Portsmouth when they filmed cockle shell heroes he said it was laugh a minute with all of the actors antics.
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William Hartnell also played the eponymous NCO in Carry On Sergeant, although that hardly counts as a war film!
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