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« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2009, 01:00:35 PM »


I was gonna mention Von Ryan's Express but you beat me to it RC!   TongueOut

Another good one is Stalingrad . (1993)
It's always nice to watch a WW2 film from a perspective other than the U.S.
Stalingrad is filmed entirely from the German perspective.
Other than a bit of heavy-handed music and a few scenes where it's obvious parts were edited out, this film is fantastic.
You can watch it dubbed in English, but it sucks to watch it that way.  I prefer it in German with subtitles.  Makes it seem much more authentic.  Plus the German language is always cool to listen to.

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Here's a cool scene where the Germans are attempting to overrun a Russian factory.
A lot of the battle scenes are very well done.

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« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2009, 08:22:00 PM »

I like a few but only one film set in WWII that I enjoy watching over and over again. That's Stalag 17. I find it humorous and intense at the same time. It made me get into William Holden films which was the only reason I watch Bridge Over The River Kwai the first time I watched.
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« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2009, 10:06:08 PM »

Ooh, forgot STALAG 17--that's an absoulte classic and I can watch it over and over too!  I guess I forgot it because it's not about war per se, it just uses war as the setting.
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« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2009, 11:26:09 PM »

How about DOWNFALL -  a German language rendering of the last three months of Hitler's life, as seen through the eyes of one of his young secretaries.  Really, really good film!
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« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2009, 11:59:58 PM »

Four off the beaten path but still good films either set in or dealing with the impact of World War Two:

Heimat, made in the 1980's, largely in black and white, by the (West) German director Edgar Reitz. Subtitled. This complex film is probably at least ten hours long and follows the lives of a number of German families living in the Rhineland from after WWI, through the coming of Nazism and the war itself, and into the years of industrial Germany's rise from the ruins. In one great scene a snobbish social climbing newly-rich hausfrau, who'd once hosted a dinner party for Wilhelm Frick and other Nazi bigwigs, prepares to sicophantically greet arriving American soldiers, only to be confronted in all her bigotry by the fact that these American are from a "Colored" regiment. Great moment! PBS once aired Heimat in its uncut entirety and because of its subject matter some segments of the US public had kinipshin fits.

Das Boot, which may be the greatest film ever made in such a confined space, a German U-boat in the 1940's. A plain and simple brilliant motion picture, IMHO. Like All Quiet on the Western Front, and Guy Sajer's book The Forgotten Soldier, this is a movie that challenges you to think from a foreign perspective.

After the War, another long film, this one set at the very end of World War Two and then moreso as the generation who were children in Britain during the '40's matures and lives in the decades "after the war" that Britons consoling themselves through the horrors and hardships of the Second World War were told again and again would be a veritable paradise on earth.

Lastly, Island at War. It's often forgotten that Germans occupied British soil in World War Two, the Channel Islands, which sit closer to France than to Britain but which are English nevertheless. (The same islands which were the setting for The Others.) This six-hour production takes place on one of these occupied islands, and shows what life was like for English citizens governed by Nazis. Like Heimat, Island at War gives another complex view of human relations and the tragedy of war itself.
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« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2009, 12:08:45 AM »

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Though I have a great dislike for war....I LOVE war films!

I'm always up for a good war.

I think I have about 200 war films, at least half are WWII

However, ones I that have real "rewatchability"

Saving Private Ryan
Patton
The Great Escape
Europa, Europa
Schindler's List
From Here to Eternity
The Longest Day
Band of Brothers
Stalingrad
Run Silent, Run Deep
Stalag 17
A Bridge Too Far
The Thin Red Line
The Big Red One
Bridge Over the River Kwai
The Dirty Dozen
Das Boot
Au revoir les enfants
The Pianist
Der Untergang (Downfall)

and about 100 others.
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« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2009, 02:22:30 AM »


There's one WW2 film I'm thinking of but can't remember the title.
Normally I'd post this in the "What Was That Film?" board but since were here discussing WW2 films...

The movie was filmed from the German perspective.
It had a few German kids in it and they're informed that the Allies will probably be breaking through their area at any time.
They set up a defense.

It would've been an 80's or 90's film.
That's all I know.

I haven't seen it, but I've read about it.
Anyone know what WW2 movie that is?

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« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2009, 07:06:26 AM »

How about DOWNFALL -  a German language rendering of the last three months of Hitler's life, as seen through the eyes of one of his young secretaries.  Really, really good film!

I forgot about this one.  Bought the DVD and loved it.
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« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2009, 08:46:51 AM »

Ooh, forgot STALAG 17--that's an absoulte classic and I can watch it over and over too!  I guess I forgot it because it's not about war per se, it just uses war as the setting.

Great movie, and especially interesting if you grew up watching "Hogan's Heroes" with its lovable bumbling Germans. Sgt. Schulz in STALAG 17 is definitely *not* cuddly. Was also interesting seeing the role Peter Graves played, considering his later heroics running the Impossible Mission Force.
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« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2009, 08:59:00 AM »

Another good one I forgot ...

When Trumpets Fade

It's about the battle of Hurtgen Forest along the Siegfried line.
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« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2009, 09:00:49 AM »

Hey I saw Midway in "Sensurround"  (I think Earthquake was the only other movie to get this treatment).  Holy s**t, the explosions felt like you were there, and when Dolittle's B24s took off from the carrier at the beginning you thought you were on the deck with them.


I like pretty much lover every thing people here have  mentioned.  These were the late show movies I grew up with during the 60s.  One I don't think I've seen mentioned is Sahara with Humphrey Bogart, Loyd Bridges, Dan Duryea, Bruce Bennett, and J. Carroll Nash.
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« Reply #26 on: February 27, 2009, 09:20:23 AM »

The mention of Stalag 17 reminded me of another darkish WWII comedy, Mister Roberts. Great roles for James Cagney, Henry Fonda, and a young Jack Lemmon.
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« Reply #27 on: February 27, 2009, 04:33:53 PM »

Hell in the Pacific

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison and The Enemy Below...both with Robert Mitchum

The Desert Fox

The Devil's Brigade

The Guns of Navarone

Battleground(my first WW2 movie)

Guadalcanal Diary

Bridge at Remagen

and the TV shows Black Sheep Squadron and Rat Patrol.
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« Reply #28 on: February 27, 2009, 11:47:58 PM »

Wow...so many good ones listed...Hotspur reminded me of a big time favorite...MIDWAY! Wow! The action in that one is unbelievable!
Also....every time this film is on tv I watch it! VON RYANS EXPRESS (1965)
Did you know FRANK SINATRA changed the ending of the film from the novel?  Once again, he knew what he was doing and made the film much more poignant with the tragic ending. 

I see some of my favorites have been mentioned, like PATTON and OBJECTIVE: BURMA! but I don't think anyone mentioned 12 O'CLOCK HIGH, THEY WERE EXPENDABLE or DESTINATION TOKYO which is probably the only CARY GRANT film I really like...
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« Reply #29 on: February 28, 2009, 06:32:55 AM »

Also there is a movie called Too Late the Hero with Michael Caine.  Again, I saw this as a kind and loved it, I'd be curious to see it now to see if it is any good.


I reviewed Too Late the Hero a while back. You can find it here: http://www.badmovies.org/forum/index.php/topic,121173.0.html


Sahara is one of my favorites. Interesting film which has a diversity of characters that regardless of their differences of country or color of skin have to work together to fight a much larger enemy; an enemy which is about discrimination and hatred.

Hanover Street is an interesting film. It starts off slowly, as it builds as a romance, but picks up pace, and dramatically, when the two main characters who share a love for the same woman (only one of them is aware of the other's connection to her) have to depend on each other when what would have been an covert drop for one of them behind enemy lines ends up getting them shot down and putting both of them behind enemy lines.
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