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Should there be a modern remake of The Longest Day?

Discussion in 'WWII Films & TV' started by Andy235, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. MoneyGuy

    MoneyGuy Member

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    I'd prefer no remake. I fear it'd be a disappointment in comparison.
     
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  2. JJWilson

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    I would love to see movies on different battles, like a remake of A Bridge too Far would be great, or virtually a movie on any battle or event that doesn't have to do with D-Day.
     
  3. Sheldrake

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    The British film industry wants to make money not wave the flag. (Though Peter Jackson might make the Dambusters as a vanity project). The global public are happy to pay to see films about British spies and wizards, (But the Fantastic Beasts spin off is set in America) but not soldiers or Airmen. The Battle of Britain film made a loss.
     
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    Here is one to look at. V topical as the Centenary is next month.
    Journey's End (2017 film) - Wikipedia
     
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    USMCPrice Idiot at Large Patron  

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    Speaking of WWI, one of the best US made WWI films was actually about the French and starred Kirk Douglas. "Paths to Glory" was an excellent film.
     
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    Paths OF Glory. It was a terrific film.
     
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    USMCPrice Idiot at Large Patron  

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    You're correct, my bust. Typo on my part. It is a great film though. Casting was great. Excellent story and IMHO one of Kubrick's best.

     
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    Given that what were people's take on "Young Winston"? I remember enjoying it but that was some time ago. Still not familiar enough with him or the time to judge how accurate it was.
     
  9. Otto

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    I'm not all that interested in remakes. There are so many great films with heaps of A-list actors that could not be replicated today. There is just no way to compile the teams that participated in the Great Escape or the Longest Day. Not to mention the inevitable injection of plot-destroying PC content we would be served today.

    There is more that enough great history to cover that has not yet been done. I'd love to see a film about Operation Chariot. Imagine the quality of a scene where captive Britsh troops are being marched right by the explosive packed boat, and they nonchalantly walk on by so as not to give away the goal of the mission. That is an unfathomable level of bravery and grit.
     
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    I've always thought that a movie about the battles between the Canadians and the Hitler Jugend around Caen would be a damn good movie if it was presented right.
     
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    Interesting premise.
     
  12. bushmaster

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    Don't remake a classic.
     
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  13. Otto

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    No remakes for me.

    Ortona, Cholm, Tarawa, and there are countless smaller actions worthy of a film. The bloody going-ons at Texel late in the war would make for a potent horror film.
     
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    Das Boot.......now that was a war film,one of the greatest ever made.
     
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  15. Andy235

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    Oh, I am very open to having films about other engagements in WWII, but this is one film that, if done right, would be well worth it. Given Hollywood's trend on re-doing old stuff.
     
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    Naw, I would not want to see a remake of TLD. It was a pretty good film and the likelihood of making a superior film along the same lines is doubtful, whereas making a worse film is quite likely. I know it had its faults but there is just not a lot of room for improvement.

    I would lean towards remaking the horrid ones to see if the story could be redeemed, plus there is a lot of room to make a better movie. Take, for instance, that absolute dog of a movie, Battle of the Bulge, with Henry Fonda. It would take so very little to make it a better flick; can you imagine if they actually put some effort into the endeavor? Given the scope of the extended battle, a better approach would a Band of Brothers length mini series.

    Of course, not a remake, but I am still looking for a film on the Battle Off Samar....
     
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    Has anything been made on/about Bouganville?

    " It was part of Operation Cartwheel, the Allied grand strategy in the South Pacific."
     
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    I'm not a fan of remakes. They generally aren't as good as the original. The Longest Day, The Great Escape. and Bridge on the River Kwai can hardly be improved.

    I would agree about a movie about Samar. There is so much to focus on.
     
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    I would like to see another attempt at a film for Dunkirk, I though last years film didn't do it justice at all. The scale of the evacuation wasn't shown really at all (In terms of ships used and men on the beaches). There was little to no background given on the situation that caused Dunkirk to happen, and the movie made the French look like their stereotypical weak selves, when in reality they put up a hell of a fight, and allowed the evacuation to be so successful with the counterattack at Arras. The Brits were portrayed as selfishness and lazy soldiers. Then seeing a Spitfire glide for 5 minutes while shooting down a few Stukas was the typical, "Oh that's right, the guy who directed Batman is doing this." moment. It would have been nice to see the battle in the big picture, not the personal side stories, that sorry to say, don't mean squat and took away from the significance of the battle in my opinion. Seeing the Germans more would have been nice too.
     
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    Sounds a lot like the British film The War Lover about a US bomber crew starring Steve McQueen
     

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