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9:46 am on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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What do you think are the best war films ever?

I wouldnt mind making a little dvd collection of war films...

I like the Pianist and 'we were soldiers'

What you all think...

12:18 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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BBC thing that was banned about the effects of nuclear explosion ..can't remember the name ..
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Zulu!
12:33 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Casablanca (not much shootemup but it was set in WWII)
The Killing Fields
Breaker Morant
Apocalypse Now
12:49 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The mini-series "Band of Brothers". It is a six CD collection.

I loved it.

12:52 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Why, The Longest Day of course. :)
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1:27 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The ones I own and would recommend:

Band of Brothers
Full Metal Jacket
Platoon
Saving Private Ryan
Hamburger Hill
Casualties of War
The Thin Red Line
Good Morning, Vietnam

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Oops, how could I forget Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
Coming soon in a 40th anniversary special edition 2 DVD set
1:34 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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That's a classic!

I don't know if I have one favourite film, but I would certainly include:

A Bridge too Far
The Great Escape

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Kelly's Heroes
Bridge over the River Kwai
The Great Escape

That 1950's submarine one with Sidney Poitier - anyone remember?

2:13 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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* Attack! Attack! Attack! (in the US just called "Attack!" according to imdb)
* Ice cold in Alex
* A Canterbury Tale (not strictly a 'war' film as such, but set in the WWII time period and featuring soldiers... this is in my All Time Top 10!)

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3:31 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ice cold in Alex

Totally fantastic film - add that to my list too :-)

3:46 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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That 1950's submarine one with Sidney Poitier - anyone remember?

The Bedford Incident [rottentomatoes.com]

Had to look it up as couldn't recall initially...

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>>Attack! Attack! Attack!

Do you mean Tora! Tora! Tora!?

Ooo and 'Das Boat' - the original with sub-titles. And a hearty second on the mini-series Band of Brothers.

4:16 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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"All Quiet on the Western Front" - a classic.

"The Fighting 69th" - very corny at times, but it's got Pat O'Brien and Jimmy Cagney.

"Go For Broke" - the story of the all Japanese-American 442nd Infantry Regiment

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You beat me to it Eduard:
"All Quiet on the Western Front" - a classic

Definitively a best, and my favorite war flick.

4:32 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Glory
Memphis Belle
Gettysburg
Gods And Generals
Midway
Blackhawk Down
4:55 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ice cold in Alex
Mr Alison
The Thin Red Line - couldnt understand it but.........
We were soldiers once
Black hawk down
Any war film revolving around the British Empire.

However Zulu has to be the best of all time I recall seeing this for the first time - boy I was on the edge of my seat shouting orders!

5:22 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Zulu

Online "Mr Caine in the film Zulu" impression (following my award winning duck call):-

Don't throw. Bloody spears. At me.

TJ

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>>BBC thing that was banned about the effects of nuclear explosion ..can't remember the name ..

That was called Threads, and it freaked me out for a week way back when I was in University. I skipped a couple lectures and drank heavily thinking the end was near.

Best war films:

Saving Private Ryan
Das Boot
Longest Day
Bridge Too Far
All's quiet on the Western Front (original B & W)

This is a constant discussion in my office as well as my private life. I have come to a conclusion..... the best war movies never have woman in talking roles. </duck>

6:24 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Full Metal Jacket

I supplied most light firearms, safe blank ammo, and some SFX for that film, but Apocalypse Now is by far my favorite war movie.

Joe Lombardi was the best guy around at the time.

Private Ryan was the most realistic war movie for SFX and props. It's a monumental masterpiece. I sort it on second place after Apocalypse Now.

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Saving Private Ryan is on the top of my list. Apocolypse Now is a close second.
7:50 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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BBC thing that was banned about the effects of nuclear explosion ..can't remember the name

That was The War Game. It was directed by Peter Watkins, who also directed Culloden. The War Game was banned for twenty years or so it was judged so shocking,but you could watch it at local film societies and the such, which is where I first saw it. They eventually showed it on television and I thought that, production values having moved on, it appeared weak. When I saw it in the sixties I was shaking with anger hours afterwards.

Full Metal Jacket is brilliant, as are Das Boot and The Thin Red Line.

Does The Battle of Algiers count as a war film?

7:56 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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That one with Michael Cain in it forgot the name
8:03 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Really, you are sure it wasn't Threads?

from IMDB, "A dramatization of the probable consequences of a full scale nuclear war on a English community."

8:06 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Full Metal Jacket
Platoon
9:17 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>Attack! Attack! Attack!

Do you mean Tora! Tora! Tora!?

You're quite right in picking up my mistake; I am confusing the title "Attack!" with "Tora! Tora! Tora! (Attackx3).

To reclarify therefore, I meant Attack! [imdb.com]. Superb movie...

To add to the list: Dunkirk. Also: Stalingrad.

Das Boot, I have to agree, is brilliant as a film.

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11:10 pm on Oct 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Band of Brothers
Kelly's Heroes
Bridge over the River Kwai

/I am a big fan of the History channel for documentaries

1:59 am on Oct 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Definitely Mars Attacks :) Ack Ack Ack!

No seriously, Das Boot is my favorite

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