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Which one do you think is the greatest war movie in history?

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  1. sam001

    sam001 New Member

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    Which one do you think is the greatest war movie in history?


    As The Hurt Locker and Inglourious Basterds fight it out for Best Picture, TIME's Richard Corliss takes a look at cinema's 10 greatest war flicks
    These days, war is swell — at least for the Motion Picture Academy members who choose the Oscar nominees. Of the 10 films on the not-so-short list for Best Picture, two prime contenders, The Hurt Locker and Inglourious Basterds, find their grittiest kicks in the spectacle of men at war: the suicidal heroism they display trying to defuse a Baghdad bomb, the patriotic sadism some American Jewish soldiers show as they scalp men in the Army of the Third Reich. You could say that Avatar is not just a war movie but a call to insurgency against the U.S. military; the long final act of James Cameron's epic prods audiences to cheer for the bloody victory of Pandorans over American mercenaries. The South African sci-fi adventure District 9 takes the side of illegal aliens — grotty extraterrestrials, that is — against the white humans who have herded them into camps.


    Napoléon (1927, Abel Gance) — the Napoleonic wars

    The Birth of a Nation (1915, D.W. Griffith) — U.S. Civil War
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    Which one do you think is the greatest war movie in history?



    http://forum.globaltimes.cn/forum/showthread.php?t=14089
     
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    Band of Brothers is my favorite. Being based on actual events, technical accuracy, good acting, realism. This movie has it all.
     
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    Agreed!!!
     
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    A bridge too far
    The Deer Hunter
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    :D Surely there can't be any debate as its a well know fact that the best war film ever is..................

    Kelly's Heroes

     
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    Saving Private Ryan (limited to the beach landing)
    Band of Brothers
    The Bridge at Remagen
     
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    the Patriot
    Braveheart
    Gangs of New York (showed how the North really felt about the Civil War)
     
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    The Longest Day
     
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    Gipper Well-Known Member

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    I liked the Patriot, but that scene where the evil British officer shoots the little boy in the back was too much. No Brit officer would shoot a child in the back. The movie lost me after that. But, no movie is perfect.

    And, I seem to recall many in the UK were very upset about the movie when it was released because of that scene. It was not necessary, not historically accurate, and typical overreaching by Hollywood.
     
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    the officer would have an underling do it ? they were quite brutal in the south as it proved a tough nut to crack. sure liberties were taken, they always are.
     
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    Band of Brothers, hands down, the best.
     
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    I don't know about "the greatest" or the "best". That's subjective but if you haven't seen "A Walk in the Sun" you will have missed a real look at combat. The film was finished in 1943 but the War Department asked that it not be released until I think early 1945 because of the negative effect it could have on the troops. Netflix has it and you can see it on your computer.
     
  13. pocketfullofshells

    pocketfullofshells Well-Known Member

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    since we are adding mini series to the movie thread,
    Generation Kill wins for me..great book and very good series to go with it.
    also from HBO like band of Bro's

    and Inglorius bastards and Hurt locker...I found both disapointing
     
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    Good question. Either saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers.
     
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    I loved that one. I also like The Bridge on the River Kwai, Patton and of course The Great Escape:)
     
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