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Best War Movies?

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There's another, but I can't recall the title, centred around a notorious Civil War prison camp - I have it on DVD but having just moved my DVDs are in a mess :)

I've a hunch you're thinking of Andersonville, but not sure on what the movie would have been.

 

Yes, you are right and it was called just that.

 

It was originally made for TV but came out on DVD and I picked it up in the States at Costco.

 

It's here somewhere - harrowing movie.

 

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It should be harrowing - ever seen any period photography from Andersonville? Horrific.

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It should be harrowing - ever seen any period photography from Andersonville? Horrific.

Too right.

 

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Pearl Harbour

 

That movie was fabulous.

Oh please, that film while quite enjoyable is almost a work of fiction.

Tora! Tora! Tora! is far better.

 

Nukey you really should watch it.

Heh, it's funny because you took it seriously, and admitted you thought it was enjoyable. Edited by tantryl

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Yeah Andersonville makes German concentration camps look somewhat tame by comparison - utterly horrific.

 

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I seem to recall reading somewhere that percentage-wise more survived Auschwitz than did Andersonville...

 

It's a period of US history they prefer to forget.

 

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Yeah, but I think you have to look to intent - which was systematic genocide. Numbers don't tell the story.

 

Anyway, getting kinda off-topic :)

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That is true - the Confederates were in desperate straits by then.

 

Ok, another one then: 12 O'clock High, not a fantastic movie but includes some doco footage including rather famously some of an Me-163 Komet passing through a B-17 formation.

 

And, for something completely different: Tears of the Sun, which kinda has to lead to The Wild Geese I suppose :)

 

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Mmmm, gonna stretch the definition of "good" war movies a bit here:

 

- King Rat

 

- Von Ryan's Express

 

- Kelly's Heroes

 

- Didn't mind Hart's War too much, even with Bruce Willis in it

 

- The Odd Angry Shot. THIS is a Must Watch...

 

- The Green Berets

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Odd Angry Shot... man, that's an awesome film. I love Graham Kennedy in it. It's a marvelous performance, and really captures, I think, the Australian soldier at war :)

 

As to Kelly's Heroes...

 

"To a New Yorker like you, a hero is some kind of sandwich, not some nut who takes on three Tigers!"

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:)

 

Nah, good list Merlin I'd forgotten most of those.

 

Did anyone mention Battle of the Bulge yet? I'm losing track :)

 

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There was that vietnam was one with Mel Gibson and that Klien kid from the American pie movies.

 

I'd steer clear of that though.

Mel wasn't a very convincing guy yelling orders in that one. Edited by Mr.Twinkie

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I think you are taking about we were soldiers....

 

He left most of the yelling to the grizzly old sarge, but it is actually based on a real battle.

 

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Did anyone mention Battle of the Bulge yet? I'm losing track :)

I actually wouldn't rate that as a good one, though. Factually all over the place, wrong tanks, some really atrocious writing... loved it when I was a kid, but watched it a couple of years ago. Big mistake :)

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:)

 

Haven't seen it in decades Hawkeye :)

 

I'm starting to scrape the collection unless you want documentaries I have plenty of those, but U-57 was pretty good.

 

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Haven't seen it in decades Hawkeye :)

 

I'm starting to scrape the collection unless you want documentaries I have plenty of those, but U-57 was pretty good.

 

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Except for the the fact that the whole movie was fiction. ;) Edited by bowiee

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Apocalypse Now & Dr Strangelove get my vote, although, they're both not *really* war movies.

 

I'd actually read Conrad before seeing AN, which helped. Try the theatrical rather than redux release.

 

I only saw Dr Strangelove recently; now I know why people loved Peter Sellers in his prime.

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@Chris and Hawkeye…

 

Sure, Andersonville was horrific but you can’t compare it to what the Nazis did.

 

As Hawkeye noted, what the Nazis did was intentional genocide.

 

By the end of the US Civil War, the Confederates weren’t even able to feed their own soldiers, let alone Union POWs.

 

Moving on….

 

We Were Soldiers is definitely worth a watch.

 

It’s based on the book We Were Soldiers Once and Young and both are based on the battle of la Drang, which was for the US, the first major battle of the Vietnam War.

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Empire of the sun, Brothers is the korean film your after, all others have probably been mentioned.

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If you ever watch Apocalypse Now, all the way to the end, Nuke... and you don't like it.

Just take the first knife you see and completely remove your testicles from your body, because you don't deserve to be a man.

Edited by Reb1rth.

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hell in the pacific (lee marvin and toshiro mifune) is a great war movie

 

and i adored kelly's heroes repeatedly

 

no mention of where eagles dare or the guns of navarone ?

or zulu ?

or 300 :P ?

 

 

edit : i liked the idea of a movie called "the gins of navarone" though

Edited by scruffy1

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