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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,086 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    There is an old movie I remember as a kid where some POWs in Germany build a glider to escape with - anybody remember?
    I saw a documentary on PBS. It was about POWs held in a compound that built a gluider to launch from a tower window. I don't think they ever actually got to carry out the plan. The science guys on the show tried to recreate the details and sent a glider loaded with weight out the tower window to see if it could work. I wish I could remember more........
    The castle was Colditz Castle...the Germans used the place for " problem POWs" who kept escaping...mostly British IIRC...
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,861 Senior Member
    edited June 2020 #63
    A lot of good ones have been mentioned here. Of the recent ones, I REALLY enjoyed "Dunkirk," "Midway," and "1917."
    I couldn't keep up with who's who in Dunkirk. The main characters looked very similar. Plus, I saw it in a theater where the sound was uncomfortably loud.  WAY loud. I had to look it up on the web to get the final on it.  Several stories, which was the way it happened in real life.  Didn't see Midway.  I saw 1917 at home.  Good production values, and good acting, good "chase" movie. Long, it seemed to me.

    A good movie not mentioned before is "No Man's Land" made somewhere  else, English subs.  About a Serb (?)and a Croat (?) opposite sides of the wars over there, pinned down in a trench between lines.  One of them was placed on a booby trap while unconscious which if he moves, will go off.

    I've never understood that 90s conflict or who are the good/bad guys and get the combatants names confused.  
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,262 Senior Member
    Me too Gene. 1917 was a good movie. Great....not so much. The cinematic values are over the top but there are far better war movies. War Horse was far better. Even Flyboys, though I could have done without the love story parts. 
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,879 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    zorba said:
    There is an old movie I remember as a kid where some POWs in Germany build a glider to escape with - anybody remember?
    I saw a documentary on PBS. It was about POWs held in a compound that built a gluider to launch from a tower window. I don't think they ever actually got to carry out the plan. The science guys on the show tried to recreate the details and sent a glider loaded with weight out the tower window to see if it could work. I wish I could remember more........
    The castle was Colditz Castle...the Germans used the place for " problem POWs" who kept escaping...mostly British IIRC...
    Thats it!
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colditz_Cock
    It would indeed take a very stubborn sort of Britishness to hatch such a scheme.....
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,310 Senior Member
    Tugar said:
    Me too Gene. 1917 was a good movie. Great....not so much. The cinematic values are over the top but there are far better war movies. War Horse was far better. Even Flyboys, though I could have done without the love story parts. 
    For a horse lover War Horse was just epic.  Funny thought, the plot is basically identical to Black Beauty (another great horse film) but with guns...
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  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,310 Senior Member
    How about 13 Hours, The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.  That movie affected me DEEPLY!!!
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  • sgtrock21sgtrock21 Senior Member Posts: 1,933 Senior Member
    Spk said:
    I've seen a lot of good war  movies and I there's a lot of good movies mentioned above but the one that sticks out in my head is The Siege of Firebase Gloria.
    It's not a feel good movie and doesn't even pretend to be. Parts of it are hard to watch because truth can be difficult sometimes. It explores heroism among an ocean of idiocy and politics.
    For those of you who are adventurous R. Lee Ermey fans or just really bored and want something else to watch, I'd recommend The Siege of Firebase Gloria.



    An excellent but unfortunately obscure film. Another is 'The Odd Angry Shot'. ANZACS in VietNam.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,086 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    How about 13 Hours, The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.  That movie affected me DEEPLY!!!
    It's a great movie that honestly pisses me off every time I watch it...
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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,111 Senior Member
    Winds of War
    Sands of Iwo Jima
    Band of Brothers
    Saving Private Ryan
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,385 Senior Member
    I think the whole point of Forrest Gump was to capture the essence of the Boomer Generation's experience, and in that, found it pretty amazing.  
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  • Some_MookSome_Mook Posts: 364 Member
    Not the Greatest War Movie Ever Made, but I found Windtalkers to be interesting to watch.

    Not a war movie, but military themed 'Taps' I enjoyed.  Kind of neat to see very young Tom Cruise, Sean Penn and Timothy Hutton in their early years with substantial roles.
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  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 607 Senior Member
    I forgot Blackhawk Down.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,310 Senior Member
    edited June 2020 #74
    Jayhawker said:
    GunNut said:
    How about 13 Hours, The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.  That movie affected me DEEPLY!!!
    It's a great movie that honestly pisses me off every time I watch it...
    I make sure to schedule my viewings so I have range time directly after.  It’s the only way I can deal with my emotions.
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  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,066 Senior Member

    CHIRO1989 said:
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    Starship Troopers :)
    You just liked it for the Co-Ed showers!!!
    😂
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,927 Senior Member
    Spk said:

    CHIRO1989 said:
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    Starship Troopers :)
    You just liked it for the Co-Ed showers!!!
    😂
    I had completely forgotten about that scene :*
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,262 Senior Member
    Just finished Siege of Jadotville. Excellent movie. 
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  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,310 Senior Member
    Spk said:

    CHIRO1989 said:
    ...
    Starship Troopers :)
    You just liked it for the Co-Ed showers!!!
    😂
    Everybody liked it for the coed showers... 😁
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  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    One movie we used to watch for laughs in the military was "The Green Berets" with John Wayne. Wayne had good intentions with the movie and was made to show support for the troops during turbulent times but that movie is just pure comedy. Especially liked the scene where Wayne is just about to make a parachute jump - with his static line still hooked into his reserve handle!
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,086 Senior Member
    One movie we used to watch for laughs in the military was "The Green Berets" with John Wayne. Wayne had good intentions with the movie and was made to show support for the troops during turbulent times but that movie is just pure comedy. Especially liked the scene where Wayne is just about to make a parachute jump - with his static line still hooked into his reserve handle!
    And the Mattel "M-16" he smashed on a tree...
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,861 Senior Member
    I was in OCS at Ft. Benning when that movie was being made.  My roomie's wife a pretty woman from Hawaii had a walk-by.  JW gave a speech to the OC Battalion.  Not a great movie.
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  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,913 Senior Member
    Viet Nam....Platoon
    korea...Bridges of Toko Ri
    WWII....too many
    WWI....The Blue Max
    Spanish Civil war...For whom the bell tols 
    China....Sand Pebbles 
    Civil War....Gettysburg
    Revolution....Patriot 
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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,977 Senior Member
    Not really a war movie but one of very few that affected me "Taking Chance"

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  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    jaywapti said:
    Not really a war movie but one of very few that affected me "Taking Chance"

    JAY
    Great film.
  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,543 Senior Member
    I very much enjoyed Twelve O'Clock High.

    Honorable mentions:  Glory and Gettysburg
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,086 Senior Member
    Gods and Generals is my favorite Civil War movie...followed closely by Gettysburg.

    Actually saw Gettysburg in Gettysburg for the first time while I was attending the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg..
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  • sgtrock21sgtrock21 Senior Member Posts: 1,933 Senior Member
    A Cold War film is Stanley Kubrick's 'Dr. Strangelove'. Possibly my all time favorite movie. Kubrick's WW1 film 'The Paths of Glory' is also worth watching. Not Kubrick but with a similar theme is the Boer War film 'Breaker Morrant'.
  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    Mr. Roberts was a fun. James Cagney was hilarious!.
  • sgtrock21sgtrock21 Senior Member Posts: 1,933 Senior Member
    Antonio said:
    My problem with "war movies" is the fact that many times the back story distorts or even sometimes overcomes the main plot, something Hollyweird loves to do in the search of another pop-corn chomping blockbuster.

    I consider that actual war movies are few considering how much they stick to real historical facts. Maybe "Band of brothers" is one of the few as long as I can recall that actually falls into this category, along MAYBE with "Black Hawk down" and "The Pacific"

    Others are really "war inspired", actually fiction with sound historic bases and great production. "All quiet in the Western front", "Das boot" and "FMJ" might be considered among the best ones.

    Then come those with war topics as background to a personal story. Good ones are "Unbreakable" "Lawrence of Arabia", "Hitler" and "Che guerrilla".

    The original "Midway", "Pearl Harbor" and "Battle of Britain" are also great despite some "artistic license" but I consider than those were sadly "tainted" by their romantic backstory.

    Finally there are "fun" movies with excellent production but unfortunately mere fiction, like the latest "Pearl Harbor", "Fury", "Saving private Ryan" and others.

    There are other great war movies I can't recall, specially foreign made ones or rather obscure; will have to look
    Modern 'Pearl Harbor' is a good example of 'Artistic License'. Very little accurate history with a love story. It would have been typical in the 1950s. 
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,955 Senior Member
    Don't forget "Battleship". Definitely in the "fun" category...
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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,977 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    One movie we used to watch for laughs in the military was "The Green Berets" with John Wayne. Wayne had good intentions with the movie and was made to show support for the troops during turbulent times but that movie is just pure comedy. Especially liked the scene where Wayne is just about to make a parachute jump - with his static line still hooked into his reserve handle!
    And the Mattel "M-16" he smashed on a tree...

    The best was the final scene when the sun sets in the east over the south China Sea.

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