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Favorite war/history movie for a quiet day
Posted by ManCityFan on Friday, December 01, 2017 12:24 PM

So you are having a quiet day, and want to watch a war/history movie.  I am thinking there are movies out there that are quite good, but which I am unaware.  Assume that for some reason, you don't want to work on that kit on the bench.

I would watch "Saving Private Ryan", or start the "Generation Kill" series.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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Posted by GregFK on Friday, December 01, 2017 12:41 PM

A Bridge Too Far - star studded cast!

The Battle of Britain - great film!

If you're looking for something a little more fanciful I'd suggest the following:

The Eagle Has Landed - again a star studded cast. Bit of a yarn but fun for sure.

Where Eagles Dare - how could you go wrong with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, December 01, 2017 12:52 PM

So many good flicks come to mind.some familiar,some obscure,not in any particular order

Band of Brothers,Zulu and Zulu Dawn,Kingdom of Heaven.Gettysburg,The Alamo-2004,Blackhawk Down,Andersonville,Patton,The Winter War,Platoon,Das Boot,PT-109,Sharpe Series,Hornblower Series,The Crossing,Hacksaw Ridge,Letters from Iwo,Sahara-both versions.

I'm sure i'm leaving out many of my favorites

 

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Posted by Rambo on Friday, December 01, 2017 1:07 PM
Band of brothers or The Pacific are both very well done Tom Hanks and his production team do very thorough research

Clint

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, December 01, 2017 1:13 PM

The Cruel Sea

 

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Posted by sharkbait on Friday, December 01, 2017 1:38 PM
So many good ones: Cruel Sea, Battle of the River Plate, Battle of Britain, Longest Day, The Man Who Would be King, Kelly's Heroes, Operation Pacific, Report From the Aleutians, Great Escape, the list is endless.

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Posted by ridleusmc on Friday, December 01, 2017 1:44 PM

In Harm's Way

John Wayne and Kirk Douglas

It's my all-time favorite.  

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, December 01, 2017 2:44 PM

Band of Brothers hands down.

The Pacific is ok, but I never could bond to any of the characters in that series.

Generation War - this is a foreigh film (spoken in German but does have English subtitles)but tells the story on the German side of WW2. Think Band of Brothers in Germany. A good film to watch. 

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Posted by goldhammer on Friday, December 01, 2017 2:48 PM

In Harm's Way, Midway, Operation Pacific, Run Silent Run Deep, Longest Day, Sands of Iwo Jima, Windtalkers

Can't remember the title, but modern carrier is transported back to WWII, and just as about to alter the outcome, is returned to the present.

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, December 01, 2017 3:09 PM

Tough call. So many I enjoy seeing over and over again.

Twelve O'Clock High, God is my Copilot, Air Force, Captains of the Clouds, They Were Expendable, and on and on. Waiting in the DVR right now are Jimmy Stewart in "No Highway in the Sky" and a Japanese movie "The Burmese Harp." I'm not too tough to please. Especially if the movie is in black and white. Oh yeah, Back to Bataan and Flying Leathernecks.

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Posted by Hunter on Friday, December 01, 2017 3:09 PM

Tora, Tora, Tora!

Battle of the Bulge - For sure

The Dirty Dozen

The Big Red One

The Great Raid

Hamburger Hill

Band of Brothers / The Pacific

Enemy at the Gates

Behind Enemy Lines

Kelly's Heros

Just some of my favorites

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Posted by fermis on Friday, December 01, 2017 3:17 PM

BoB, for sure!

I watched it as it came out, got the dvd box set and have watched it all on 3 more ocassions...start to finish! That's a long day!

Gen. War, mentioned by blacksheep, is a good flick. There was another...I believe it was called "The Wild Blue"..."Wild Sky"...something like that. I wanna say it was Chek, or maybe Romanian. It was about a few pilots that escaped and went to join the Eagle Squadron. It's all subtitles. I watched it twice in a row, 1st time was spent reading, by the second time, I could watch and already knew basically what was being said. Despite the language barrier, I was thoroughly entertained.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, December 01, 2017 4:12 PM

goldhammer

In Harm's Way, Midway, Operation Pacific, Run Silent Run Deep, Longest Day, Sands of Iwo Jima, Windtalkers

Can't remember the title, but modern carrier is transported back to WWII, and just as about to alter the outcome, is returned to the present.

 

Final Countdown,Tomcats dueling Zeroes

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Posted by goldhammer on Friday, December 01, 2017 4:30 PM

Thanks Tojo72, was back in there somewhere, just wouldn't come out.

When I was in high school (about '69) did a short story for my English class that was close, CV-65 went back in time and was at the surender signing in the Pacific, in place of her namesake, who was under repair.

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Posted by Archangel Shooter on Friday, December 01, 2017 4:44 PM

Many of those mentioned above are favorites of mine along with Dresden, Das Boot, Sink the Bismark, the Dam Busters and 633 Squadron.

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Posted by littletimmy on Friday, December 01, 2017 5:57 PM

 Das Boot. The original 3 1/2 hour Epic !

                                                  OR...

Monty Python, And The Holy Grail.     That's history .... Right??

 

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Posted by Griffin25 on Friday, December 01, 2017 6:16 PM

Platoon, Too Late the Hero, Cross of Iron.

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Posted by templar1099 on Friday, December 01, 2017 6:33 PM

The header implies one movie,a tall order considering the topic so I'll say if one, I'd put on Catch 22. But,following precedent , here's a few more: for this time of year Merry Christmas,Mr. Lawrence and Midnight Clear. How bout The Light Horsemen,Gallopili, or The Thin Red Line.

"le plaisir delicieux et toujours nouveau d'une occupation inutile"

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Posted by fermis on Friday, December 01, 2017 6:48 PM

"Hamburger Hill" was one of my favorites too!

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Friday, December 01, 2017 7:31 PM

Everything's off the Internet via cable for me; don't "watch" movies more than listen to them in the background, that said here be my current favorites:

->"Bridge On The River Kwai" (1957) Good for just listening to dialog.

->"Where Eagles Dare" (1968) Great action scenes, theme music repetition annoying though. Luftwaffe winter aircraft camouflage memorial though wished they'd used actual Luftwaffe unit codes, i.e. "4V" on Ju 52 was Kampfgruppe z.b.V. 9, 106, 172 & Neapel then Transportgeschwader 3, not a night flying training unit.

->"They Were Expendable" (1945) Truest to actual events than other war films of period. Terrific naval & air attack battle scenes, exciting air & water bomb & shell explosions though timed to go off way to closely to boats, actuals would had blown them apart forthwith. Good use of models, more convincing than those employed "In Harm's Way" 20 years later. Acting serious & above par for period; pithy film ending scenes, Robert Montgomery's best film IMHO.

->"The Lost Batallion" (2001) Also truest to actual events than most WWI Western Front war films since WWII; fast paced Peckenpaugh-ish slo-mo combat action though pick your choice with other films ala "Band of Brothers", "Saving Private Ryan" when it comes to them. Dialog good though somewhat off from how U.S. soldiers spoke during that period. Very good use of replica period props, including fighting equipment though Flammenwerfer Stosstruppen stuff looked like Blue Rino surplus.

->"Hunde, Wollt Ihr Ewig Leben" ("Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever?" 1959 In German) Exceptionally good German produced WWII film; period-believeable acting from German actors good number of which served during WWII, all other films since about Stalingrad hopelessly over-acted IMHO. Excellent use of available military equipment props, including T-34 tanks scenes of which expertly edited in with actual Soviet wartime film footage. Because its in German (with English subtitles) have to watch the film; tank battle scene against the Romanians is especially worth watching.

There are others but don't have time to list them right now.

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Posted by mitch on Friday, December 01, 2017 7:45 PM

I would say Kelly's Heroes is one of my favourites

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Posted by Jay Bones on Friday, December 01, 2017 9:10 PM

Band of Brothers.  Years ago binge watched the entire series renting them.  2 episodes per disc, watched a couple discs each day.

Saving Private Ryan.  That opening scene on the beach was instense and enough to make it a great movie.

Apocalypse Now.  Even though it was cheesy, I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

Patton.  Epic!

Platoon.  Another great movie, and Charlie sure channeled Martin.

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Posted by Aaronw on Friday, December 01, 2017 11:55 PM

fermis

BoB, for sure!

I watched it as it came out, got the dvd box set and have watched it all on 3 more ocassions...start to finish! That's a long day!

Gen. War, mentioned by blacksheep, is a good flick. There was another...I believe it was called "The Wild Blue"..."Wild Sky"...something like that. I wanna say it was Chek, or maybe Romanian. It was about a few pilots that escaped and went to join the Eagle Squadron. It's all subtitles. I watched it twice in a row, 1st time was spent reading, by the second time, I could watch and already knew basically what was being said. Despite the language barrier, I was thoroughly entertained.

 

 

Dark Blue World, it has been on my to watch list but I haven't been able to find to watch.

 

 

I'll add a few

 

Mr Roberts, the story about the crew of the supply ship USS Reluctant, sailing from tedium to apathy with an occassional side trip to monotony. It is one of those movies I can watch over and over.

 

The Blue Max, it has an ok story and some great WW1 aerial scenes

 

The Bridges at Toko Ri - Korean war carrier jets

 

Dive Bomber, filmed just before the US entered WW2 with much support from the US Navy so it has some great footage from the end of the yellow wing period. The story is a bit corny but but has some memorable scenes. 

 

Full Metal Jacket

 

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Posted by Kilo 66 on Saturday, December 02, 2017 12:01 AM
My top three would be "Lost Command," the cinema version of Larteguy's classic tome "Les Centurions;" the Viet Nam inspired "Full Metal Jacket," which, aside from being a superb film evokes many personal memories; and "Blackhawk Down," a largely faithful and well executed screen depiction of the eponymous book.
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Posted by RX7850 on Saturday, December 02, 2017 12:07 AM

Griffin25

Platoon, Too Late the Hero, Cross of Iron.

 

 

Cross of Iron , good flick. Then there was the sequel called Breakthrough which was not so good. Stalingrad is a good one and for a laugh Kelly's Heroes.

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Posted by Peaches on Saturday, December 02, 2017 2:41 PM

goldhammer

In Harm's Way, Midway, Operation Pacific, Run Silent Run Deep, Longest Day, Sands of Iwo Jima, Windtalkers

Can't remember the title, but modern carrier is transported back to WWII, and just as about to alter the outcome, is returned to the present.

 

The Final Countdown.

WIP:
Academy F-15 (1/72)

On Deck 

MH-60G 1:48 (Minicraft)

C-17 1/144

KC-135R 1/144

Academy F-18(1/72)

Ting Ting Ting, WTF is that....

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Posted by Archangel Shooter on Saturday, December 02, 2017 3:03 PM
Yeah...if I want a flash back to my boot camp days of 1971, Full Metal Jacket would do the trick.

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Posted by littletimmy on Saturday, December 02, 2017 4:17 PM

Aaronw
Mr Roberts, the story about the crew of the supply ship USS Reluctant, sailing from tedium to apathy with an occassional side trip to monotony. It is one of those movies I can watch over and over.

When the plant went overboard, I "CHEERED" ! Also one of my favorite's.

                      Dont worry about the thumbprint... paint it rust and call it "Battle damage" !

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Posted by Aaronw on Saturday, December 02, 2017 5:46 PM

littletimmy

 

 
Aaronw
Mr Roberts, the story about the crew of the supply ship USS Reluctant, sailing from tedium to apathy with an occassional side trip to monotony. It is one of those movies I can watch over and over.

 

When the plant went overboard, I "CHEERED" ! Also one of my favorite's.

 

 
 
I think anyone who has had an important but thankless job can relate to this movie with or without the addition of a tyranical supervisor and his prized palm tree.  Smile
 
 
I walked into my bosses office once to get my performance eval and declared "Captain it is I Ensign Pulver, and I just threw your cruddy palm tree over board".
 
It loses something when the other party doesn't know the movie, but it still got a laugh.
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Posted by littletimmy on Saturday, December 02, 2017 5:57 PM

Aaronw
I walked into my bosses office once to get my performance eval and declared "Captain it is I Ensign Pulver, and I just threw your cruddy palm tree over board".

                                                   HA !!!

" Now,... Whats all this noise about no movie???? !!!!!

                      Dont worry about the thumbprint... paint it rust and call it "Battle damage" !

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