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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!
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
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>
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.
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?
>>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.