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#16 Jiggersfromsphilly

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 07:23 PM

I'd agree with Doug's list, although "Stalingrad" should also be considered. I really enjoyed "A Bridge Too Far" with the exception of some of the American actors, which I didn't think were well cast (Elliot Gould for example - puhleeze).


I would have to add Ryan O'Neill and James Caan. J Caan's portrayal was of Sgt Charles Dohun who saved Captain LeGrand King "Legs" Johnson from a pile of dead troopers. Sgt Dohun had gone to the hospital to gather some possesions from the Captain when he found him still breathing. He caried him into the surgical tent and ordersd a doc tor to save him . When the doctor refused he pulled a "Souvenir" Lugar and threatened to shoot him. He was arrested and taken before LTC Steve Chappius commander of the 2nd Battalion502 and It was LTC Chappius who placed him under the one minute arrest. In reality Capt Johnson was a little guy and Sgt Dohun the big one. You can find more about this on Mark Bando's website Triggertime under the section titled War Stories.

Edited by Jiggersfromsphilly, 06 July 2006 - 07:23 PM.


#17 FJBoccia

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 08:00 PM

Here's my top ten all time WWII movies by the way....
10. U-571 (true story)
9. Battle of The Bulge (realistic battle scenes)
8. Hartís War (any movie where Bruce Willis dies must be good)
7. Pearl harbor (what war doesnt need a good love story?)
6. Operation Petticoat ( a WWII comedy/love story...absolutley :) )
5. The Thin Red Line (poetic license? John Travolta is the bomb yo...)
4. Bridge at Remagen (I can't even explain it)
3. Memphis Belle (Harry Connick is too damn cute)
2. U-571 ( I know I said it already, but it is just that darn good!)
1. Zone Trooper's (If you have to ask, then you'll never know)


Geez. I throw out a goofy list that I thought no one could take seriously, just as a joke... and look what happened. Can't anyone be serious about levity anymore? This is like AL's straight-faced thread about France joining the US as the 51st state. Within five posts, we got all metaphysical and smothered in Universal Truth. I thought I was in a sophmore dorm, back in college, after about a dozen twenty-four ounce draughts...

At least EB is treating the subject with the attention it deserves.

Er... you ARE kidding about these movies, aren't you? I mean, it seems obvious at first, but then I remember you're the same guy who voluntarily wore that shirt last month in Virginia Beach... :D

#18 EmersonBigguns

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 08:22 PM

Geez. I throw out a goofy list that I thought no one could take seriously, just as a joke... and look what happened. Can't anyone be serious about levity anymore? This is like AL's straight-faced thread about France joining the US as the 51st state. Within five posts, we got all metaphysical and smothered in Universal Truth. I thought I was in a sophmore dorm, back in college, after about a dozen twenty-four ounce draughts...

At least EB is treating the subject with the attention it deserves.

Er... you ARE kidding about these movies, aren't you? I mean, it seems obvious at first, but then I remember you're the same guy who voluntarily wore that shirt last month in Virginia Beach... :D



I met my wife in that shirt.......


oh...maybe...you are on to something...... :)

#19 Jiggersfromsphilly

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 08:46 PM

I have to give a nod to In Which We Serve and Wake Island also.

#20 Carmar67

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 10:24 PM

I agree with slighly more than half this list:

The longest Day (10) - Huge cast, some memorable scenes,
A) Richard Beymers (Pvt. Schultz) squad walks past identical German counterparts in the dark as Bombers above distract this potentially deadly encounter that never was.

B ) The fantastic battle panorama of the French attacking the German held casino.

C) The only known film (for me) to depict the assault of Pegasus Bridge.

D) St. Mere Elgise assault slash massacre of the 82nd AB, As Red Buttons watches helplessly from church steeple.

The Great Escape (6) - Steve McQueen is great in this movie, kinda reminds me of the opening scene of Von Ryan's Express (or is that vice versa?)

Personally I prefer Stalag 17 as best WW2 prison film.

and favorite Steve McQueen war film is HELL IS FOR HEROES Great movie, Steve McQueen and the "grease gun" are featured, Shameless culture/era comedy bit featuring the immortal Bob Newhart and his phone bit. Bobby Darrin is memorable as well. The death scenes are intense in particular Kolinsky and Henshaw.


Platoon (4) - I think this film is pretty good, not my favorite Viet Namer that would be 84 Charlie MoPic. Interesting that the good platoon guys were the deep thinking pot smokers and the evil bad guy platoon guys are the one dimensional, racist, beer swilling, card playing average Joes with a few exceptions. That's Oliver Stone for you, he will never make a trully great film, too politically slanted to the left. Then again Hollywood loves him............it figures.

To Hell and Back (3) - Audy Murphy plays himself, good flick for the era 1955. I prefer RED BADGE OF COURAGE as fav Murphy film.

Full Metal Jacket (2) - I prefer this over Platoon it has some great scenes and some definate weird ones, good characters and great quotes.

Saving Private Ryan (1) SAY NO MORE that hasnt already been said eye opening film, as groundbreakiing for war films as THE WILD BUNCH was for ultra violent westerns and violence in film in general.

As for the others:

12 O'Clock High (9) Saw it when I was a kid dont remember too much, have to see it again.

The Big Red One (8) Not a big fan of this.

The Dirty Dozen (7) Interesting idea for a movie but has cliche deaths at the end which are friggin annoying to me.

Sink the Bismarck! (5) Never saw it

#21 ABridgeTooFar

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 08:35 PM

One movie that I love is "Is Paris Burning?". Although not many are aware of it. I should make a correction. I love the movie except with the parts that have Kirk Douglas as Gen. Patton.

Another movie that I really enjoyed (although I forget the title) is about the Battle of Britain. I believe Michael Caine is a fighter pilot in this one. Lawrence Olivier (spelling) is also in it. It depicts the battle from both the German and British side. Not sure on the historical accuracy but an enjoyable movie.

I would have to add these two to my top ten as well as a few other mentioned above.

#22 appell8

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 09:07 PM

"The Battle of Britain." Very good despite lame subplots and the limits on special effects of the time. Worth watching over and over.

#23 Jaffser

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 04:04 AM

"Tora, Tora, Tora"


That you mention 'Tora, Tora, Tora' shows your depth of appreciation Doug! :)

Doug for president!! Doug for President!!

Jaf! :D

Edited by Jaffser, 10 July 2006 - 04:06 AM.


#24 ianhay_7

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 05:54 AM

Things change.. The first time I saw "The Dirty Dozen" I liked it. The second time I thought it sucked.


Indeed a list without "Das Boote", or "Stalingrad" is not worth much, IMHO..


It still sucks big time don't go there.

Das boote and Stalingrad are in my top 10.

What is garbage for some is caviar for others..


I think caviar is garbage :D

Sink the Bismarck! (5) Never saw it


You will need a sub to see it now :) . Good film though.

"The Battle of Britain." Very good despite lame subplots and the limits on special effects of the time. Worth watching over and over.


Yep! A stonking good film.

"Tora, Tora, Tora"
That you mention 'Tora, Tora, Tora' shows your depth of appreciation Doug! :P

Doug for president!! Doug for President!!

Jaf! :)


Yep again.

Apart from it's inaccuracies "A bridge too far" has to be in my list.

#25 Frank Gubbels

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 06:09 AM

1. Band of Brothers.
2. Saving Private Ryan.
3. The Longest Day.
4. A Bridge too far.
5. The great Escape.
6. Enemy at the gates.
7. Colditz.
8. Bridge at Remagen.
9. (must be) Dirty Dozen.
10. (must be) The big red one.

I didn't see the last 2 movies but I really dislike The battle of the Bulge and Pearl Harbor. That's the reason why I putted these 2 in my list.

Frank

Edited by Frank Gubbels, 10 July 2006 - 09:08 AM.


#26 Bart

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 08:59 AM

The Battle of the Bulge was terrible indeed. Especially that scene at the pertrol depot and that scene where Peiper's men left their tanks behind ... no snow anywhere, just (Californian ?) dessert all around :D

It must have been 15 years or so, that I've seen "Stalingrad". It made a big impression on me then... that's all I remember from it really.

#27 Frank Gubbels

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:31 AM

no snow anywhere, just (Californian ?) dessert all around :D

I believe that it was made in Spain but nevertheless a very bad movie.

Frank

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:42 AM

Frank - how can you put 2 films in your top 10 that you have not even seen mate ?

"Schindler`s list" is one of the best WW2 movies ever made. Should be in more people`s top10, unless you have not seen it ?

#29 Bart

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:46 AM

I believe that it was made in Spain but nevertheless a very bad movie.

Frank


A spaghetti western! Makes sense. :D

#30 Frank Gubbels

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:49 AM

Frank - how can you put 2 films in your top 10 that you have not even seen mate ?

"Schindler`s list" is one of the best WW2 movies ever made. Should be in more people`s top10, unless you have not seen it ?

I knew I forgot one fantastic movie.

I have putted them in my list because I heard a lot about them. Those stories were so good that it must be very good movies for me Gary.




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