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The Thin Red Line

Discussion in 'WWII Films & TV' started by Ron, Jan 29, 2002.

  1. C.Evans

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    Right and with no Intermission! I think Blackhawk Down was kinda long--but was worth every second of it.
     
  2. panzergrenadiere

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    I'm looking forward to seeing Harts War this friday, I hope it doesn't disappoint me. I'm considering not taking a girl with me, since it might distract me from checking the historical accuratcy of the film, but then again that might have its advantages.
     
  3. C.Evans

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    From what ive seen and heard--Harts War looks good. I am also waiting to see that new Mel Gibson War movie--I think he is in Nam.
     
  4. Smoke286

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    I agree C, Blackhawk down was an excellent war movie, with much less american hoopla then I expected. Just a movie about professional soldiers in a sticky situation. Very well done. I always meant to read the book, I guess I'll have to make that my next project
     
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    I saw the trailer for We Were Soldiers yesterday, it looked ok, I just hope its better than The Patriot. Again another book I meant to read, sigh, I think I'm spending to much time on the computer
     
  6. C.Evans

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    Thanks Billy--and I agree, Patriot could have been better.
     
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    Well, in my opinion - TRL is a great success. Especially at putting me to sleep when I'm not tired (it hasn't failed me yet, and for that, I appreciate it).

    Then again, if you start to think about it... It's the main character's beautiful tropical prison and hell-hole, from which he may never escape. How can something so beautiful be the place or the justification of continueing something so horrible? In conclusion, it isolates the war - it's just "his" war, and not all of Europes, or Tokyo's, or Pearl Harbors. It's the characters, and a faceless, un-emotional jungle.

    A jungle punctuated only by the character's emotions. For an actor, that's a true test of ability. Whether they succeeded or not, I dunno.
     
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    I think it may have been a good movie.....but it was to deep for me. I just couldent figgure what the guy was babbling about for two hours....I thought the acting was good...except during the combat parts.(over acted)...Did you know that Mr. Jones really was in the prewar Army at Scofield, and (I would guess the 24th Division)served in the Pacific. Im willing to give it a little bit of a brake because...what the hell, the guy was there...but I do think it was anti Military.
     
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    By the way Mr. Evens. I thought you said you dident know anything about the Pacific war !
     
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    I'm jumping in late on this one but better late than never, right? TRL was as confusing as it was boring. I felt like I needed a shrink to translate everything. As far as Pearl Harbor goes, a bit much in the romance dept but worth it for the combat/flight scenes. If you havent seen "We Were Soldiers", I highly recommend it. For once a VN movie that doesnt portray all US soldiers as drug addicts and it leaves the romance at home. I would like some feedback on "Harts War" if anybody saw it.
     
  11. C.Evans

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    Hello Walt: er eh--I do know a few things about it. The Pacific War used to be my main interests in ww2 but--I got sidetracked when I started to study about the Battle of the Bulge--and then I down-right became addicted when I first read about the battle of Stalingrad.

    I do still have favorite areas when it comes to the war in the pacific, like: Guadalcanal, Iron Bottom Sound, Iwo Jima, Kokoda Train, Imphal-Kohima, Myitkina (I know its misspelled but it sounds like: mitchenaw ((this is some of Merrills Marauders heaviest fighting which happened at the railhead in this village)) Okinawa, and who could forgetthe Pied Piper of SIAPAN, Guy Gabalden. :D
     
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    Walt, it wasn't too deep for me, and it wasn't a good movie. the action scenes were ok, but the other 3/4's of the movie sucked the big one. like Pearl Harbour, another dud.
     
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    I saw Harts War and it was pretty good. My big complaint was the same as I had with the patriot, they must think people have forgoten how bad the Germans were, they had them murdering prisoners right left and center. shooting Col's out of hand with a pistol. Now thats fiction for you.
     
  14. Smoke286

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    C. personally I'd like to see a movie about the Chindits, THAT would be interesting
     
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    Hi Billy--actually there was a movie made about the Chindits--well, sort of.

    It had Charles Bronson, as the characted "Hiawatha" as called to him by Dean Jones. It also had Frank Sinatra, Dean Jones, among others in this 1960s movie. It WAS mainly about the Chindits--but with an American persuasion to it. Oh yeah--I forgot to mention that Steve McQueen is also in it as the character: "Ringer". I think it was called: "Never So Few". Not too bad of a movie--but almost had a "sound stage" feel to it. Meaning, that it seems as if it were filmed on a sound stage--like Bataan was.
     
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    *bumped*

    As I was shocked by the film last night and like I disagree with 99% of what has been told here, I'd like to bump thead for the new members.

    Shoot! ;)
     
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    While agreeing with most of what has been said, I must say the scene where the MG bunker was captured is one of the most intense scenes I've ever watched in a movie. Admittedly it is a bit long if you watch the build up to taking the bunker, but I still find myself having to relax my jaw and sit back in my chair after that little section is over.

    I'm not sure if this is the same scene as above or not (been quite awhile since I watched the movie), but when the Marines are going over the hills and a machine gun opens up on them, and the viewer is at the recieving end of the tracers. There is one round that zips by that still makes me duck involuntarily every time I see it.

    Another scene I thoroughly enjoy is when the Japanese soldiers appear out of the jungle seemingly out of thin air.

    Personally I guess I'd be happy with just those parts in the movie :D

    Wm.T.
     
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    After watching the movie (Finally), I've decided it isn't half bad...you do have to view it with an open mind, and it is like no war movie I've ever seen...but generally I like it.

    DUCE
     

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