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  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,309 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    Don't forget "Battleship". Definitely in the "fun" category...
    Most of the movie was bubblegum for the mind, BUT, the final battleship scene when the Missouri comes back to life and sails off to battle with the crusty old sailors gave me a HUGE smile!!! 
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  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,145 Senior Member
    The Great Escape..............Paul Newman doing his own stunt riding on the motorbike
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,955 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    zorba said:
    Don't forget "Battleship". Definitely in the "fun" category...
    Most of the movie was bubblegum for the mind, BUT, the final battleship scene when the Missouri comes back to life and sails off to battle with the crusty old sailors gave me a HUGE smile!!! 
    Yep, the scene where the "young hero" goes below decks to ask the old guys for their help. Kinda brings a tear to your eye. "Bubblegum for the mind" - pretty much, I'll have to remember that one.
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  • Some_MookSome_Mook Posts: 364 Member
    Anyone remember seeing The Final Countdown?  That was a fun movie to watch
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,086 Senior Member
    Some_Mook said:
    Anyone remember seeing The Final Countdown?  That was a fun movie to watch
    That movie had so many possibilities...
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  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    edited June 2020 #97
    orchidman said:
    The Great Escape..............Paul Newman doing his own stunt riding on the motorbike
    Paul Newman??? 


    I especially liked Steve McQueen in 'Cool Hand Luke' when he ate all those eggs....


    Lol!!!
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,145 Senior Member
    orchidman said:
    The Great Escape..............Paul Newman doing his own stunt riding on the motorbike
    Paul Newman??? 


    I especially liked Steve McQueen in 'Cool Hand Luke' when he ate all those eggs....


    Lol!!!

    My bad, it was Steve McQueen. Thats what happens when I wake up and dont have coffee before posting.... :s
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  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    edited June 2020 #99
    orchidman said:
    orchidman said:
    The Great Escape..............Paul Newman doing his own stunt riding on the motorbike
    Paul Newman??? 


    I especially liked Steve McQueen in 'Cool Hand Luke' when he ate all those eggs....


    Lol!!!

    My bad, it was Steve McQueen. Thats what happens when I wake up and dont have coffee before posting.... :s
    Lol! Two great actors nevertheless! I bet Newman could have pulled it off had he gotten the part! 


    Edit: I might just watch that movie tonight! … like the hundredth time! Great film. 
  • sgtrock21sgtrock21 Senior Member Posts: 1,933 Senior Member
    I was retrieving my 'Band of Brothers' boxed set and discovered an old VHS tape of ' The Dogs of War'. Another good one. By complete chance I made a connection to the 'Band of Brothers' in the Summer of 2019. My Grandson was playing in a city park while I sat on a bench reading. A couple of Moms with their kids walked by. I said "Hi" and they returned the greeting which is fortunately common where I live. One of them turned and walked back. She said: "You're reading 'Easy Company Soldier'. My Uncle Don's book". Wow! I was speechless for a few seconds then asked "Don Malarkey was your Uncle?". She said "technically no but our families have always been very close. Don and my Grandfather grew up as Brothers so he has always been Uncle Don". She spoke like he was still living so I had to ask. She said "he is in a nursing home in Astoria (Oregon) but is in poor health. I visited him 3 days ago". I knew from the book he was born and raised in Astoria. A couple months or so later I again encountered her in the park. She gave me the sad news that Uncle Don had passed. Another real deal hero from the greatest generation gone.     
  • sgtrock21sgtrock21 Senior Member Posts: 1,933 Senior Member
    Great thread! I suspect most of us have discovered movies we need to watch.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,385 Senior Member
    Be it Marines vs. Japanese in The Pacific, and oddly, Dwarves vs. Orcs in Peter Jackson's take on The Hobbit I was struck by how well they nailed the feeling of a conflict between two sides have nothing but ABSOLUTE hatred for each other; that everybody knows going in that there will be no asking for or giving of quarter; and the only conversation to be had is the final "frank exchange of ideas".
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,262 Senior Member
    Wild Geese. The most memorable to me was Roger Moore's character outrage when he made the drug dealer eat the heroin laced with poison.Great movie. 
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  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,066 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    GunNut said:
    zorba said:
    Don't forget "Battleship". Definitely in the "fun" category...
    Most of the movie was bubblegum for the mind, BUT, the final battleship scene when the Missouri comes back to life and sails off to battle with the crusty old sailors gave me a HUGE smile!!! 
    Yep, the scene where the "young hero" goes below decks to ask the old guys for their help. Kinda brings a tear to your eye. "Bubblegum for the mind" - pretty much, I'll have to remember that one.
    I was mostly annoyed with Battleship -- improbable characters, lack of discipline, disregard for authority... So yeah, it was bubblegum.
    I watched it anyway because the special effects were it's most redeeming qualities.

    If you want to watch bubblegum and actually laugh with them instead of at them, watch Down Periscope. It's the Bad News Bears onboard a Navy submarine. Now that's some good bubblegum.
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,250 Senior Member
    Tugar said:
    Wild Geese. The most memorable to me was Roger Moore's character outrage when he made the drug dealer eat the heroin laced with poison.Great movie. 
    I hadn't watched Wild Geese for probably 25 years, but always remembered it. I ran across it on DVD on Amazon a couple years ago. It's in my library now. Good movie.

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  • AxeAxe Member Posts: 421 Member
    Hamburger Hill, The Patriot and Saving Private Ryan. 
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,955 Senior Member
    yea, "Down Periscope" is good entertainment.
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,861 Senior Member
    An obscure VN movie: 34 Charlie Mopic.  Less obscure VN movie but dated: Go Tell the Spartans
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  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    "Letters From Iwo Jima" was a good one as well. Don't often hear about WWII from the Japanese perspective. 

    One clip I enjoyed in the film was the story about Takeichi "Baron" Nishi, portrayed by Tsuyoshi Ihara, who did indeed win the Gold Medal in the Equestrian Jumping event in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. However, the story about him taking in and treating the wounded Marine was entirely fiction. From my understanding, his remains are still interred somewhere on the island.

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  • sgtrock21sgtrock21 Senior Member Posts: 1,933 Senior Member
    Gene L said:
    An obscure VN movie: 34 Charlie Mopic.  Less obscure VN movie but dated: Go Tell the Spartans
    I also recommend 34 Charlie Mopic. Speaking of 'Charlie' 'The boys in company C' is worth watching. I will NETFLIX 'Go Tell the Spartans.
  • sgtrock21sgtrock21 Senior Member Posts: 1,933 Senior Member
    At 8 years old I was totally shocked by 'The Bridges at Toko Ri'. I had seen SGT Stryker light up a Lucky Strike and get popped by a Japanese sniper in 'Sands of Iwo Jima but that was the misfortunes of war. Seeing the American heroes brutally murdered in cold blood by the enemy gave me nightmares. 
  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member Posts: 2,112 Senior Member
    A lot of great ones mentioned.  The Red Sea Diving Resort was pretty darn good.  To Hell and Back story of Audie Murphy
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  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,689 Senior Member
    Any body mention The bridge over the river Kwai. Went to the local walk in theater to see it when it came out.

  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,913 Senior Member
    Forgot about Stalag 17.....great movie!
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,955 Senior Member
    The Dirty Dozen!
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  • sgtrock21sgtrock21 Senior Member Posts: 1,933 Senior Member

    Is a movie concerning our late 19th century Indian wars acceptable? My all time favorite of those is 'Sergeant Rutledge' (1960) starring Woody Strode Sr. Produced and Directed by John Ford. He is a Buffalo Soldier (black). A First Sergeant in the U.S. 10th Cavalry stationed in Arizona (1881). It exhibits the common racism regarding negroes especially in the military at that time. In the film they are identified as U.S. 9th Cavalry never in Arizona Territory at a non existent fort. The 10th was at Ft Huachuca. I was there for 4 and 1/2 months in 1978 for my advanced Army training. I learned a lot about the Buffalo Soldiers.      


  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,927 Senior Member
    I just watched "Tankers" on prime, dubbed Russian movie, ok story, loved the WWII tanks, not quite "Fury", but only 90 minutes and a couple of beers of KV , T-34, and Panzer action.
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  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    I just watched "Tankers" on prime, dubbed Russian movie, ok story, loved the WWII tanks, not quite "Fury", but only 90 minutes and a couple of beers of KV , T-34, and Panzer action.
    Watched that one as well. I liked it. 
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,385 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    zorba said:
    Don't forget "Battleship". Definitely in the "fun" category...
    Most of the movie was bubblegum for the mind, BUT, the final battleship scene when the Missouri comes back to life and sails off to battle with the crusty old sailors gave me a HUGE smile!!! 
    Speaking of brain gum, was Independence Day technically a war movie?

    Same question for Pacific Rim.
    WWJMBD?

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