Best war movie ever?

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Re: Best war movie ever?

Post by Steve Crandell » Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:41 pm

OpanaPointer wrote:
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Welcome, Alick! This forum isn't always very active, and I just saw your post. I haven't seen the movie you referenced. I've just recently discovered Russian war movies and they are interesting for their different point of view. I didn't particularly like Enemy at the Gates. I thought the attempt to draw a personal connection between the two snipers was silly.
That's how you get your girlfriend to go to the movie with you. :dance:
I suppose, but that's also what creates travesties like "Pearl Harbor". I'm sure they do that sort of thing to appeal to women, but sometimes it gives the viewer a really inaccurate impression of what happened.

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Re: Best war movie ever?

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Steve Crandell wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:41 pm
OpanaPointer wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:38 pm
Steve Crandell wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:37 pm
Welcome, Alick! This forum isn't always very active, and I just saw your post. I haven't seen the movie you referenced. I've just recently discovered Russian war movies and they are interesting for their different point of view. I didn't particularly like Enemy at the Gates. I thought the attempt to draw a personal connection between the two snipers was silly.
That's how you get your girlfriend to go to the movie with you. :dance:
I suppose, but that's also what creates travesties like "Pearl Harbor". I'm sure they do that sort of thing to appeal to women, but sometimes it gives the viewer a really inaccurate impression of what happened.
Anything can be overdone. /obvious

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Re: Best war movie ever?

Post by Steve Crandell » Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:39 pm

Yes, and some of the best war movies ever made have a romantic element to them. You don't have to sacrifice accuracy to do that.

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Re: Best war movie ever?

Post by wadinga » Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:20 pm

Hi All,

Got to agree with Aurora, The Cruel Sea is still number one for me, with a nicely understated romance between the "Ops Room Lovely" Virginia McKenna and Donald Sinden as the Compass Rose's Number One. Especially poignant when she sees the ship's marker removed from the wall chart because the ship is sunk, way astern of the convoy and with little hope of rescue for any survivors.

Re: Fury the final battle segment was apparently inspired in part by the experience of the British Tank "Fray Benthos" trapped in the mud of No Man's Land at Passchendaele in 1917 for 60 hours under continual close range attack by German troops, artillery and even their own side. The unrealistic element of Fury was that the Panzerschreck-equipped infantry could have destroyed the tank easily, for little loss, whereas their First World War counterparts had nothing similar except their own bravery, to overwhelm the outnumbered defenders, of whom one was killed, one unharmed and all the rest wounded. Eventually the crew managed to escape back to British lines.

Fray Benthos was a famous brand of tinned corned beef sold in Britain, the crew's Little Joke of describing themselves as tinned meat. The story is told at https://tank100.com/tankmen/fray-bentos/

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Re: Best war movie ever?

Post by RF » Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:58 am

One film shown recently in the UK was ''The Kings Choice'' which when I first saw the title assumed was about the 1936 abdication crisis and King Edward VIII.
But no, it was quite an astonishing account of the German invasion of Norway from the Norwegian perspective and the decision on King Haakon on whether to resist or surrender. I would strongly recommend this film, the scenes showing the sinking of the Blucher were as eerie and dramatic as I have seen with no hype or background ''music'' to distract from what was really happening.
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Re: Best war movie ever?

Post by RF » Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:02 am

wadinga wrote:
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:20 pm

Fray Benthos was a famous brand of tinned corned beef sold in Britain, the crew's Little Joke of describing themselves as tinned meat. The story is told at https://tank100.com/tankmen/fray-bentos/

All the best

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Fray Bentos is actually the town in Uruguay where the meat is processed and shipped out worldwide, not just to Britain, the name continues to this day.
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Re: Best war movie ever?

Post by Steve Crandell » Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:40 pm

RF wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:58 am
One film shown recently in the UK was ''The Kings Choice'' which when I first saw the title assumed was about the 1936 abdication crisis and King Edward VIII.
But no, it was quite an astonishing account of the German invasion of Norway from the Norwegian perspective and the decision on King Haakon on whether to resist or surrender. I would strongly recommend this film, the scenes showing the sinking of the Blucher were as eerie and dramatic as I have seen with no hype or background ''music'' to distract from what was really happening.
Thank you for the reference! I found it on Amazon and intend to watch it soon.

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Re: Best war movie ever?

Post by RF » Tue Mar 09, 2021 9:02 am

Let me know what you think.
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Re: Best war movie ever?

Post by HMSVF » Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:33 pm

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Let me know what you think.
T/O

I was absolutely engrossed by it. Brilliant film. Loved it.

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Re: Best war movie ever?

Post by Steve Crandell » Thu Mar 11, 2021 5:08 am

RF wrote:
Tue Mar 09, 2021 9:02 am
Let me know what you think.
Well worth watching. Very interesting treatment of something I knew next to nothing about.

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