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  1. Jackson

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    There are so many great War Films. What's your favorite? Pick one of the Following:

    1) Saving Private Ryan
    2) Thin Red Line
    3) To Hell and Back
    4) Platoon
    5) Full Metal Jacket
    6) Das Boot
    7) The Longest Day
    8) Bridge on the River Kwai
    9) Three Kings
    10) U-571

    Personally, I like the Vietnam Era war films. Platoon is a great one, and Full Metal Jacket is such a great look at life in boot camp. However, for a WW2 Film, I'd say my favorite is probably a toss-up. Either The Longest Day or To Hell and Back. Both are great films.

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  2. Erich Hartmann

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    Would we want to base our decision on realism/accuracy, or just plain enjoyment to watch?
     
  3. CoWBoY MoRoN

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    Full Metal Jacket, the Thin Red Line, The Longest Day... I like those movies.
    SPR is too much Hollywood IMHO, and i saw Das Boot so many years ago i frankly don't remember. I was a child. [​IMG]
    I suppose all those movies are good "entertainements", but i never saw to hell and back, 3 kings and u 571.
     
  4. Otto

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    In no particular order

    SPR - I don;t like the Hollywood, I love the opening scene.
    Das Boot - a classic beyond reproach
    Thin Red Line - solid all round
    Kelly's Heroes - the first time realistic Tigers were used, and the Germans spoke german
    Stalingrad - a little boring, but realistic
    Apocalypse Now - favourite war film of all time
     
  5. Yankee

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    Platoon was very inaccurate and made by an anti-war director (although olli stone did serve he was suposed to be the main charecter, doubtful of the cause and heavily into drugs) the Movie paints an inacurate picture of the men fighting the war were all poor and and of the working class fighting a war for the rich and spoiled. Almost like the Communist wars. It just wasn't something that really gave an accurate picture, aside from the message i love the movie.

    Apocalypse now, get the over all point? Col. Kurtz is truly enlightened and he knows he cant spread the enlightened word so instead Martin sheen is leaving at the end bearing the knowledge of this "madman" kurtz to lead the newer younger generation into a new age (the symbolism of the young natives looking at him and dropping their weapons)

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  6. COMET

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    1. Saving Private Ryan (the opening scene is one of the best in the Cinema History)

    2. Full Metall Jacket

    3. A movie wiht Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, about a group of British-american spies in austria: I don't remember the name, something about "eagles", but I'm not sure
     
  7. Erich Hartmann

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    Comet, I believe you're talking about Where Eagles Dare. Classic Sunday afternoon morning movie.
     
  8. Otto

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    One film I both hate and love; The Dirty Dozen. I mean c'mon, a black GI posing as a Wehrmacht soldier?!?! [​IMG]
     
  9. Yankee

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    that was the second one, the first one was pretty good, but i liked the second one better.
     
  10. COMET

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    Well, and what about Memphis Belle...???
     
  11. JimWeatherby

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    Comet!! Thats a great movie...

    Was it not only 2 months or so ago I saw that!
     
  12. Erich Hartmann

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    Although not characterized as a "WW2" or "war" film (supposed to be 1936 and more of an action/adventure genre), how about Raiders of the Lost Ark? It gave us all kinds of Nazi aspects. Just to name a few:

    -Gestapo agents
    -Luftwaffe
    -U-boats
    -Hundreds of Afrika Corps soldiers
    -authentic weapons (i.e mp-40s - I love these)


    Hey, what more could a WW2 enthusiast ask for [​IMG]
     
  13. CoWBoY MoRoN

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    I want a T34! [​IMG]
     
  14. Yankee

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    I love when he pulls out the p-36 and shoots through all the Germans lined up on the tank.
     
  15. CoWBoY MoRoN

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    Wasn't the tank a scene of the Last Crusade, the Graal story with Sean Connery?
     
  16. COMET

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    Yes, it was!
     
  17. C.Evans

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    10 best war movies, thats tough.

    1)Stalingrad
    2)To Hell and Back
    3)The Enemy Below
    4)A Bridge Too Far
    5)The Longest Day
    6)The Battle of Britain
    7)Zeppelin
    8)Hannible Brooks
    9)Hell To Eternity
    10)Halls of Montezuma
    11)Devils Brigade
    12)Where Eagles Dare
    13)The Great Escape
    14)The Guns of Navarone
    15)The Sands of Iwo Jima
    16)The Desert Rats
    17)Anzacs: "The War Down Under"
    18)Alls Quiet On The Western Front
    19)Desperate Journey
    20)Lafayette Escadrille
    21)Sink The Bismarck
    22)The Edge of Darkness
    23)Battle of the Bulge
    24)Escape From Colditz
    25)U-571
    26)Too Late The Hero

    sorry-I couldnt stop.

    PS: The Thin Red Line, sucked big ones, both new and old versions.
     

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