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Old 30-01-2013, 16:10
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'The One That Got Away'. I'm a sucker for a good POW escape movie which reminds me, 'Von Ryan's Express'.
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Old 30-01-2013, 17:35
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Some that mightn't have been mentioned yet:
The Big Red One
Stalingrad (a German language film)
The Cruel Sea
Carve Her Name With Pride
Operation Daybreak (a 1975 film about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich that I only saw for the first time a couple of weeks ago)
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Old 31-01-2013, 01:00
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I 'm not a fan of them but I love Kelly's Heroes.Nothing remotely believable about it but an enjoyable action comedy nontheless with a great cast.
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Old 31-01-2013, 06:02
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Saving Private Ryan
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Old 31-01-2013, 07:52
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Cross of Iron
Zulu
Who could forget Zulu
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Old 31-01-2013, 09:45
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Who could forget Zulu
I did in my list! How could I?

Cross of Iron was a great movie too.

Some others:

The Enemy Below
The Train
Letters from Iwo Jima
The Hunters (one of the few movies about The Korean War - or world war two and a half as my dad called it)
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Old 31-01-2013, 12:33
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One that's not been mentioned is The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. Yet another excellent Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film. Ah, you can also add A Matter of Life and Death. Mind you, how far do you stretch the term "war movie"?
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Old 31-01-2013, 13:05
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I quite like the films Waterloo and the 1960s version of Charge of the Light Brigade. Does Ironclad count as a war film? Well worth checking out if you have not seen it.
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Old 31-01-2013, 22:02
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Ivan's Childhood, an early Tarkovsky, is a good film that hasn't been mentioned.

Jeux Interdis (Forbiddden Games), by René Clément, is another.

Both concern children and both have devastating endings.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:56
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Stalag 17 .... Ach So
Bridge On The River Kwai .... (I put over first time!)

(both Bill Holden)
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:29
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Stalag 17 .... Ach So
If I ever get a couple of dogs, I'm going to call them Johnson and Manfredi.
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Old 01-02-2013, 13:02
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I have to agree with the TV series Band of Brothers, great stuff!

But what's with all the Deer Hunter love?
It was a complete borefest for me the first time I watched it, and the second time was even worse.

Ice Cold in Alex
The Hill.
Battle of Britain
Das Boot
U 571 (just kidding honest )
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Old 03-02-2013, 15:28
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The Dam Busters
The Cruel Sea
Ice Cold in Alex
Das Boot
The Battle of Britain
Platoon
Nice list - I like all of these. Personally, I think Das Boot is the greatest war film ever made (full director's cut, German audio, natch).
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Old 03-02-2013, 15:31
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I have to agree with the TV series Band of Brothers, great stuff!

But what's with all the Deer Hunter love?
It was a complete borefest for me the first time I watched it, and the second time was even worse.
I think it's one of those films that you're meant to like but nobody really does (the cinematic equivalent of Ulysses). It's got some unquestionably brilliant moments if you can only get past that interminable f*cking wedding scene...
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Old 03-02-2013, 16:44
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I think it's one of those films that you're meant to like but nobody really does
Rest assured there's no affectation in my liking of TDH. A fantastic film.
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Old 03-02-2013, 17:59
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I think it's one of those films that you're meant to like but nobody really does (the cinematic equivalent of Ulysses). It's got some unquestionably brilliant moments if you can only get past that interminable f*cking wedding scene...
Agreed that the wedding scene was way tooooo loooong. But the Russian roulette sequence is cinematic platinum.
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Old 03-02-2013, 18:10
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I think it's one of those films that you're meant to like but nobody really does
Really? I bought it on DVD years ago and didn't know much about the film before hand - thought it was a great film.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:20
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Battle of the Bulge

Sink THe Bismark

Battle of the River Plate

Battle of Britain

633 Squadron
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Old 05-02-2013, 14:28
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Zulu
Saving Private Ryan

And here's one that hasn't been mentioned yet.... Hope and Glory.
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Old 05-02-2013, 14:46
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Apocalypse Now
The Dogs of War
Deerhunter
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Old 05-02-2013, 18:05
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The Way Ahead,
In Which We Serve,
Went the Day Well
A Matter of Life and Death.
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Old 05-02-2013, 18:34
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Zulu
Saving Private Ryan

And here's one that hasn't been mentioned yet.... Hope and Glory.
I was in that. Albeit you can't see my face. I was one of the kids in the mass kids being taken away scene. I was in the train as well. So no chance of spotting me.
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Old 05-02-2013, 19:30
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I think it's one of those films that you're meant to like but nobody really does (the cinematic equivalent of Ulysses)....
What a silly comment: I don't feel the need to like anything and especially not films. And I certainly wouldn't watch something I didn't like over and over again until almost word perfect...
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Old 05-02-2013, 19:41
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...Bridge On The River Kwai .... (I put over first time!)
Thought it was just me! Always used to think it was 'over' which would actually be more correct...
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Old 05-02-2013, 21:47
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