Posts from Stumpy in thread „What Are Your Favourite Non-Duke War Movies?“

    Though it doesn't technically qualify as a war movie, in that it doesn't contain scenes of armed conflict, one of my favorite military movies from the Fifties is "Sayonara", starring Brando, Red Buttons and James Garner.

    It's probably my favorite Brando film, with the possible exception of "Godfather".

    I have "Battle Cry" and "The Frogmen" on commercially-produced DVDs.

    It was very well made, and the characters mirrored their real life men pretty good.

    What was most surprising to me, Mark, was that the entire series was filmed in either the UK or continental Europe and most of the actors shown were Brits instead of Americans.

    As you said, the series was very well made and the (British) actors did a helluva job portraying American paratroopers (and members of the Wehrmacht).

    That's very impressive, then. I bought The Searchers a few years back when it came out on DVD as being remastered and it was like watching a totally brand new movie. One side was Fullscreen, the other Widescreen and, I watched the WS because the colors and the definition were so vivid it was fantastic. I'd love to see it in Blu-Ray. I probably wouldn't be able to stop watching it. Would love to see The Alamo in Blu-Ray.

    Always remember, Jim, that it never stops. Technological advances are an ongoing process and about the time you think you've seen it all, they come out with something "new and improved". And almost always costlier, as it's all about money.

    I would have to say Zulu is my over all favourite film.
    So much so i joined the 1879group and have been to Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana twice. I took part in the 125th anniversary reeenactment and got to fire my Martini Henry on the site of the battles with the Zulus.A fantastic couple of trips
    Bought a six gun and a cowboy hat i wonder !!

    Excellent choice - it's a great movie.

    I envy your trips to the scene where the battles took place.

    I watched a brand-new release this afternoon which is probably destined to become one of my favorite non-Duke war movies. The title was "Stop-Loss" and it starred several new actors with whom I am completely unfamiliar but all of whom did a bang-up job. The war in question is that in Iraq.

    "Stop-Loss" is the term for a procedure used by the U.S. Army to hold soldiers past their contractual discharge date because of "exigencies of the service". While courts have held that the procedure is legal, it is IMO a totally unprincipled and underhanded act that should be outlawed. It is IMO a form of conscription similiar to the press gangs employed by the Royal Navy of long ago. Because the draft would be electoral poison for the political clowns in Washington, the Army uses Stop-Loss as a way to fill ranks that would be otherwise seriously depleted.

    Anyway, this is a very good movie and I recommend it. The dialogue is not suitable for small children, naturally. I have to admit that there were a couple of places in this film that brought tears to my eyes, since I could relate to the events depicted.

    what a great list of films!
    I will add one more I did not see mention.
    set in 1964 most see film.

    I kinda liked it the first time I saw it but the second time (I bought the DVD), it was rather depressing.

    IMO, the very best movie about Vietnam is "Hamburger Hill". The combat scenes are every bit as realistic as those in "Saving Private Ryan" and it has great character development besides.

    Smokey. you named two of my faves that I had completely forgotten - "Twelve O'Clock High" and "Victory". I really liked the music from "Victory" also. I know it didn't receive much attention from anybody, including the critics, but I thought it was one of Sly Stallone's best movies.

    Mark covered the ground pretty well and named many of my favorites. Other favorites that he didn't name were "Hamburger Hill", "Battleground", "Battle Cry", "Cockleshell Heroes", "McKenzie Break", "The Train", "Stalag 17", "Sergeant York", "Guns of Navarone", "Enemy at the Gates", "Operation Crossbow", "Bridges of Toko-Ri" and "Bat 21".