Re: WW 11 movies
The nature of the brutality of war and the way it is realistically depicted in today's movies will cause some films to automatically be listed , in the eyes of some, as anti war. Truth is there is nothing good about war, about having to fight a war, or typically about the results of war.
Having said that I'm going to add my $.02.
War movies take on two different facades: realistic/serious and not as realistic/entertaining. Some manage to cover both, an example being The Great Escape, an exemplary film that I don't remember seeing mentioned in the thread and Stalag 17. WWII from a different perspective can be seen with The Holocaust, another TV mini-series (I think from the 70's) and The Execution of Pvt. Slovak (also a TV offering from the 70's).
Best Hollywood war movie: Platoon, but it was about Viet Nam, as was Full metal Jacket The Deer Hunter and others.
Best WWII movie/series (and best over-all): Band of Brothers, even better because it is a true story. Close second: Saving Private Ryan.
The three films that were instrumental in getting me into the Corps were Sands of Iwo Jima (which I had seen at least ten times before I was 10 years old [in 1951]) and Battle Cry, with Van Heflin and Aldo Rey. But I said three. The third was a peacetime effort called The D.I. with Jack Webb. Nothing like the boot camp of FMJ, but as close as Hollywood could make it in the fifties.
You can see my tastes have changed , but there simply weren't that many truly "realistic" war movies being made immediately post WWII.
Last edited by theoldgringo; 05-04-2008 at 11:04 PM..