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Classic War Movies to Watch with My Boys
« on: April 13, 2019, 01:16:44 pm »
So, the recent passing of the last Doolittle Raider (and consequent frequent mention of 30 Seconds Over Tokyo) made me think that I should start running classic war movies for boys' movie night, the ones I watched with my dad when I was a kid.

The ones made back when, not necessarily featuring the express realism (some might say cyncism) of today's movies, but made when Hollywood was still patriotic and not reflexively anti-war.

So, my list so far:
30 Seconds Over Tokyo
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Midway
The Longest Day
A Bridge Too Far
Patton
12 O'Clock High
The Dambusters
Memphis Belle
The Battle of the Bulge

Fictional but still awesome:
Kelly's Heroes

Not a movie, but Victory at Sea will probably go on the list, along with Band of Brothers and The Pacific.
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    Re: Classic War Movies to Watch with My Boys
    « Reply #1 on: April 13, 2019, 02:12:17 pm »
    Even though they are newer, I would add Saving Private Ryan and We Were Soldiers to the list.   

    The Guns of Navarone is great too.  Force 10 from Navarone is good, but not at the same level.   

    The Dirty Dozen and The Great Escape are more caper movies than war movies, but still entertaining.

    You could probably throw in a few episodes of the old tv show Combat.   
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    « Reply #2 on: April 13, 2019, 02:27:27 pm »
    Scifi, but Rogue One would be a good addition...

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    « Reply #3 on: April 13, 2019, 03:26:40 pm »
    Scifi, but Rogue One would be a good addition...

    Not a Star Wars fan here, but isn't Rogue one the movie that pissed off a lot of the fans for being feminist or something? Or am I confusing that with "the force awakens"?
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    « Reply #4 on: April 13, 2019, 03:27:59 pm »
    No, Rogue One was the one GOOD movie that came out of the new batch.   It's probably the 2nd best one after The Empire Strikes Back.   It's awesome. 
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    « Reply #5 on: April 13, 2019, 04:34:43 pm »
    No, Rogue One was the one GOOD movie that came out of the new batch.   It's probably the 2nd best one after The Empire Strikes Back.   It's awesome.

    Thank you for correcting me. I've only seen episode 4. Also episode 2 when it first came out and I was very young then. I got star wars bounty hunter the videogame too (same year release). To this day I still think the mk 1 sabre dart launcher of Jango's is the coolest thing ever.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    « Reply #6 on: April 13, 2019, 05:40:14 pm »
    Back to Bataan
    Guadalcanal Diary
    Sahara (the old Bogart movie, not the Matthew McConaughey Clive Cussler movie)
    The Desert Fox
    The Desert Rats
    The Guns of Navarone
    The Bridge at Remagen
    The Sands of Iwo Jima
    To Hell and Back
    Up Periscope
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    Re: Classic War Movies to Watch with My Boys
    « Reply #8 on: April 13, 2019, 07:36:07 pm »
    633 Squadron is supposed to be great
    Memphis Belle
    The Green Berets (if only for the song! Fighting sooooldiers from the skyyyyy...)
    Sergeant York
    Zulu
    The Enemy Below is fictional but freakin' awesome!

    Not a Star Wars fan here, but isn't Rogue one the movie that pissed off a lot of the fans for being feminist or something? Or am I confusing that with "the force awakens"?

    No, that would be "The Last Jedi," and TBH I have no idea why people think it's ultra-feminist. It was a poorly-written film, and yeah, there was a bit of obvious politics in it (most obvious was bashing on the 1% and the military-industrial complex), but it wasn't this uber-feminist grrrrrl-power man-hating screed that some folks seem to be making it out to be.

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    « Reply #9 on: April 14, 2019, 01:23:49 am »
    Lots of good ones already mentioned.  I would wholeheartedly agree with watching most of them and especially "Victory At Sea".   A few more I would toss into the mix are "The Heroes of Telemark",  "All Quiet on the Western Front",  "Battleground" and "The Big Red One". 

    Historically correct dramas can also be good source material for young people.   I might suggest "Last of the Mohicans" in this genre as it seems to be a pretty accurate description of frontier life during the French and Indian Wars period of pre-revolutionary American history.  It also has a killer soundtrack.   :cool

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    « Reply #10 on: April 14, 2019, 06:31:02 am »
    Patton
    The Longest Day
    Sergeant York
    To Hell and Back
    Hacksaw Ridge----modern, but excellent

    fiction, but entertaining for a few hours distraction:
    Where Eagles Dare
    Raid on Rommel   
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    « Reply #11 on: April 14, 2019, 07:42:23 am »
    The Eagle Has Landed is another fictional but awesome movie. Just don't pay close attention to the guns that everyone (especially the Americans) are carrying.

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    Re: Classic War Movies to Watch with My Boys
    « Reply #12 on: April 14, 2019, 01:46:10 pm »
    The Battle of the River Plate
    The Man Who Never Was
    The Battle of Britain
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    « Reply #13 on: April 14, 2019, 02:05:44 pm »
    The Bridge on the River Kwai.

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    « Reply #14 on: April 15, 2019, 04:38:34 pm »
    Glory
    Gettysburg
    The Alamo (2004)

    And on the fiction side
    The Patriot

    How'd I forget those?
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    « Reply #15 on: April 17, 2019, 11:29:31 pm »
    In Harm's Way, without a doubt the best movie depicting surface battles.
    The Final Countdown, if you want to inject a touch of sci-fi, with a "what if" premise
    Flight of the Intruder
    Platoon
    Hamburger Hill
    Flyboys, even better than The Blue Max for WWI air combat
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    Fury
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    Re: Classic War Movies to Watch with My Boys
    « Reply #16 on: April 18, 2019, 09:00:55 pm »
    The choice for the first Guys' Movie Night was 633 Squadron.

    (Sadly, Sink the Bismarck was not available on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.)
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    « Reply #17 on: April 19, 2019, 12:11:53 am »
    Ah yes,  the DeHavilland Mosquito.    :thumbup1
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    « Reply #18 on: April 19, 2019, 11:29:14 am »
    The choice for the first Guys' Movie Night was 633 Squadron.

    (Sadly, Sink the Bismarck was not available on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.)

    Does your local library have a copy?
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    « Reply #19 on: April 19, 2019, 05:57:36 pm »
    University library doesn't (I work on campus, so for me that's the 'local' library.)  Haven't checked county.
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    « Reply #20 on: April 23, 2019, 05:17:20 pm »
    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/morituri

    "In this hard-hitting World War II espionage drama, Captain Mueller (Yul Brenner) must deliver a valuable shipment of 7,000 tons of crude rubber from Japan to Germany. On board is Robert Crain (Marlon Brando), a wealthy German deserter who now claims to be a Swiss national. Crain tries to sabotage the mission, which is being carried out by German political prisoners. Esther (Janet Margolin) is a Jewish woman put off the ship by the Japanese. Trevor Howard plays British officer Colonel Slater, with Wally Cox as the ship's physician Dr. Ambach. Crain poses as a Nazi SS officer who is secretly working for British intelligence. Mueller rightfully suspects Crain and denies him access to key areas of the vessel, and tension builds as Crain tries to carry out his mission, knowing that failure will mean certain death."

    Hm. Sounds good. Can't argue with the cast.

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    « Reply #21 on: April 24, 2019, 11:34:20 pm »
    Need to add Gallipoli and The Lighthorsemen.

    I'll have to check out The Battle of Long Tan before I watch it with them.
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    « Reply #22 on: April 27, 2019, 01:07:05 pm »
    Last night's feature was Battle of Britain.

    I'm pretty sure George Lucas drew some inspiration for the Death Star attack scene from Squadron 636.  "To attack the Nazi rocket plant, you have to fly down this narrow fjord, with AAA guns along both sides, and drop your bombs right on this particular spot, which will cause the cliff to collapse onto the factory."

    Narrow trench, guns, precision bombing, chain reaction...
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    « Reply #23 on: April 27, 2019, 08:48:35 pm »
    No!   :shocked    Say it isn't so!    :whistle
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    « Reply #24 on: April 28, 2019, 01:45:57 pm »
    Oh, and FWIW, both Squadron 633 and Battle of Britain were available on Amazon Prime.
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