WAR FILMS.

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#1
I would consider my self a conousseir, admittedly one who cannot spell, of war films. however, up until today i had absolutley no idea that the film "An Ungentlemanly Act" existed. for those who don't know (which doesnt appear to be many judging by those i have since spoken to)it is about the run up to the argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands and the initial defense put up by the RM stationed there. Iit's an absolute gem and should be compulsory viewing for any RM nod! best part has to be one of these three:

1) "F#'~ OFF YOU SPIC [email protected]{;}~?DS!"

2) The pre invasion speech to the bootnecks by the Maj.

3) Nanny leaving government house with a bottle of gin under one arm and a portrait of the queen under the other.

So, does anyone else know any classic hidden war film gems (i.e. ones that werent in channel 4's top 100 war films)? particularly British ones.

H.
 
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Halford said:
I would consider my self a conousseir, admittedly one who cannot spell, of war films. however, up until today i had absolutley no idea that the film "An Ungentlemanly Act" existed. for those who don't know (which doesnt appear to be many judging by those i have since spoken to)it is about the run up to the argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands and the initial defense put up by the RM stationed there. Iit's an absolute gem and should be compulsory viewing for any RM nod! best part has to be one of these three:

1) "F#'~ OFF YOU SPIC [email protected]{;}~?DS!"

2) The pre invasion speech to the bootnecks by the Maj.

3) Nanny leaving government house with a bottle of gin under one arm and a portrait of the queen under the other.

So, does anyone else know any classic hidden war film gems (i.e. ones that werent in channel 4's top 100 war films)? particularly British ones.

H.
If you view the extras on the dvd that was deleted you will find near the end when the governor surrendered "Not you cnut" when a bootie refused a argie entry into the mansion house which the producer thought was ott.

My best part was the knobhead going to work through the FF. bootie shouted hey you knobhead get out of the way. Knobhead shouted to Royal dodging the incoming. I it's all right for you but some of us has to get to work. Brilliant!!

Was not happy with Royal on the beach having a fag then leaving the Gympy behind not even removing any working I know get the fcuk out of here BUT!!. Not a bad movie though.
 
#3
Top film, especilly in how the bootie handled the press..."You sir...fcuk off!"

I also recommend "Blessed by Fire" which came out recently and is the first Falklands war film made by the Argentinians. I was a bit worried expecting lots of anti-British rants but overall it is a very, very good film. It is also unusual in that it shows what it is like to be on the receiving end of a British arty/NGFS and a very, very scary battle scene from "the other side." Normally in our films (obviously) are filmed from the attacking side, not the receiving end!

Motto of the film should have been "Don't fcuk with the Gurkhas!"

There is also an excellent, if brief, appearance by a Sea Harrier in probably the best scene of an fighting aircraft I have ever seen.

The film is a bit slow at times but well made and the ending is particularly moving. Watch it as a double bill with An Ungentlemanly Act.
 
#5
"the odd angry shot" an aussie film about a section out in the ulu, the dialogue and the the fact that they actually get the fieldcraft right. its nam,but still sparkles to this day an essence film if ever there was one.
 
#6
Another that doesn't get much press ( I think it's a Japanese conspiracy) was "The Highest Honour", a group of Australian/British commando's during WWII and their act of sabotage at Singapore and their (spoiler) capture, trial and execution( considered a war crime, was why the Japanese tried to have this movie stopped/banned).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084071/maindetails

Also Known As:
Heroes of the Krait (Australia) (video title)
Minami jujisei (Japan)
Southern Cross
The Highest Honour: A True Story (UK)
 

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#7
Had an urge to satisfy my war film urges the other day, and did a Clint Fest. I watched his two recent films:

"Flags of our Fathers",
...In February, 1945, one of the fiercest battles of the Pacific theater of World War II occurs on the tiny island of Iwo Jima. Thousands of Marines attack the stronghold maintained by thousands of Japanese, and the slaughter on both sides is horrific. Early in the battle, an American flag is raised atop the high point, Mount Suribachi, and a photograph of the raising becomes an American cause celebre. As a powerful inspiration to war-sick Americans, the photo becomes a symbol of the Allied cause. The three surviving flag raisers, Rene Gagnon, John Bradley, and Ira Hayes, are whisked back to civilization to help raise funds for the war effort. But the accolades for heroism heaped upon the three men are at odds with their own personal realizations that thousands of real heroes lie dead on Iwo Jima, and that their own contributions to the fight are only symbolic and not deserving of the singling out they are experiencing. Each of the three must come to terms with the honors, exploitation, and grief that they face simply for being in a photograph.
I was pleasantly surprised by the level of realism in this film; very much in the same field as the opening 20 chapter of "Saving Private Ryan" but then delves into the politics back home in the US, to raise awareness (and funds) for the war effort.

But this film cannot be viewed without watching Eastwood's accompanying piece, "Letters from Iwo Jima",
...The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination.
To be honest, even though they are both by the same director and share some footage, I feel this film is totally diferent from the first and is a real gem, as very few films show the account of a well-known engagement from the side of the opposition. And despite the language issues (the film is entirely subtitled, but do not let that put you off), you soon develop a strong empathy with these soldiers, who are driven by so many different issues other than national pride. For example, the concept of retreat and regroup is alien to the Japanese forces - some of the scenes revolving around these conflicting emotions are quite graphic and harrowing.

Although Iwo Jima did not involve British forces, these epic films should be watched by any fan of the genre. :thumbright:
 
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