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Memorial Day - Best Military movies to watch over this special weekend- (Vanity)
05/26/2011 | 4everontheright

Posted on 05/26/2011 10:01:16 AM PDT by 4everontheRight

One of my favs that I have in my collection is "The Longest Day"....I did see where the Western Channel is doing the John Wayne all day salute on Memorial Day....anybody got favs they watch over this weekend?


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To: Lmo56

Crap!

51 posted on 05/26/2011 10:51:15 AM PDT by BlueLancer (You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going because you might not get there.)
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To: dfwgator
"Wasn’t Sheets Byrd in G&G?"

What are you talking about? He was at Gettysburg in July of 1863!!!
52 posted on 05/26/2011 10:54:13 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: 4everontheRight

I love watching war movies. Some of my favorites...

Gettysburg
The Longest Day
Band of Brothers
The Pacific
Saving Private Ryan
The Lost Battalion
We Were Soldiers
Enemy at the Gate
Battle of the Bulge

And a lot more, but I can’t recall them.


53 posted on 05/26/2011 10:54:16 AM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: Steel Wolf

Thank you for your service!

(Even if you are crazy enough to jump out of a perfectly good aircraft)

:-)


54 posted on 05/26/2011 10:57:43 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Experience is the best teacher, but if you can accept it 2nd hand, the tuition is less." M Rosen)
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To: Syntyr

“The Big Red One!”

Ditto


55 posted on 05/26/2011 10:58:55 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Experience is the best teacher, but if you can accept it 2nd hand, the tuition is less." M Rosen)
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To: 4everontheRight

56 posted on 05/26/2011 11:01:30 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: BlueLancer

“What’s more, this tnak is as fast in reverse as it is forward. I like to know I can get out of trouble as fast as I get into it!” - Oddball

“Colors, BEAUTIFUL colors!” - Oddball, describing the paint filled rounds for his tank’s main gun.


57 posted on 05/26/2011 11:02:11 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Experience is the best teacher, but if you can accept it 2nd hand, the tuition is less." M Rosen)
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To: BlueLancer
For authentic tanks, look for Cross of Iron with James Coburn. I think it may be the only movie I have ever seen with actual Russian T34s
58 posted on 05/26/2011 11:05:46 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

It’s a well-done movie. Thankfully for once the military is shown in a good light without the usual Hollywood drivel. If you’re not familiar with the conflict, Shughart and Gordon were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their actions.


59 posted on 05/26/2011 11:06:13 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: VA_Gentleman

Sounds good. I’ll check and see if my local library has it. Thanks. :-)


60 posted on 05/26/2011 11:09:11 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: 4everontheRight
Haven't seen the TV listings for this weekend but The Longesst Day is one of my favs. Also, in no particular order...

They Were Expendable
The Fighting Sullivans
To Hell And Back
Tora Tora Tora
Midway
Stalag 17
12 O'Clock High
The Enemy Below

A couple of others I enjoy catching from time to time...

Murphy's War
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Hell in the Pacific

Not quite a "war movie" per say, but it's set with WWII as a back drop...

Island's in the Stream

And a newer movie about WWI that I have come to enjoy watching...

Fly Boys

61 posted on 05/26/2011 11:12:30 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: MrEdd
"For authentic tanks, look for Cross of Iron with James Coburn. I think it may be the only movie I have ever seen with actual Russian T34s."

And one of my favorite movies as well ... I would love to get the music that plays over the closing credits as my cellphone ring ...

Come with me, Captain Stransky, and I'll show you where the Iron Crosses grow ...

[later]

"Captain! Stransky, g*d d*mn it, get off your ass!"
"I have to reload! How do I reload, Sergeant Steiner?"
[Sergeant Steiner walks off laughing uproariously.]

62 posted on 05/26/2011 11:15:56 AM PDT by BlueLancer (You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going because you might not get there.)
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To: 4everontheRight

Band of Brithers is the best war movie I ever saw and Gettysburg is based on the best war story ever written, Killer Angels, IMHO


63 posted on 05/26/2011 11:16:04 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: muir_redwoods

Did you mean Band of Birthers? LOL!


64 posted on 05/26/2011 11:17:00 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
Heroes of Telemark is a movie about sabateurs in Norway, starring Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris. Kind of slow in some parts.

The Dam Busters is a British film about developing a new kind of round bomb to be dropped from low-flying planes. The bomb skips on the water until it hits a dam.

Von Ryan's Express is about escaping from a POW-camp in Italy, starring Frank Sinatra.

-PJ

65 posted on 05/26/2011 11:17:35 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mexican on Cinco de Mayo, and American on Election Day.)
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To: Lou L

Captain Garth: How much can you decipher?

Commander Rochefort: Fifteen percent.

Captain Garth: Really decipher?

Commander Rochefort: Ten percent.

Captain Garth: Ten percent? That’s one word in ten, Joe! You’re *guessing*!

Commander Rochefort: [slightly hurt] We like to call it “analysis.”


66 posted on 05/26/2011 11:19:21 AM PDT by abb
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To: Hatteras

Murphy’s War was great. Peter O’Toole acted the Murphy role to perfection. As I recall, the book was really good, too.

http://www.amazon.com/Murphys-war-Max-Catto/dp/B0007HSTPY/ref=tmm_mmp_title_0


67 posted on 05/26/2011 11:28:06 AM PDT by abb
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To: forgotten man
I dislike WW2 movies showing German Soldiers wearing WW1 helmets. It's a pet peeve of mine.
68 posted on 05/26/2011 11:37:44 AM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: fish hawk
I agree in part, but how about simple plywood for sides etc. Boggies would be wrong but the shape would look more realistic. Hollywood was pretty good at that when they wanted to. I often thought of that for Battle of the Bulge and Patton. Really grated to see U.S tanks fighting each other.
69 posted on 05/26/2011 11:39:45 AM PDT by prof.h.mandingo (Buck v. Bell (1927) An idea whose time has come (for extreme liberalism))
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To: 4everontheRight

For those of us who lived on the water, it’s Bridges of Toko-ri.


70 posted on 05/26/2011 11:50:26 AM PDT by newbolt
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To: Hatteras

“They Were Expendable”

I recommend that you watch “They Were Expendable” in black and white. The fake color version shows the chief petty officers and officers wear blue dungarees instead of khaki.
BTW, “Wing and a Prayer”(starring Don Ameche) was filmed on board a U.S. Navy Essex class carrier with great film footage of actual flight deck operations.


71 posted on 05/26/2011 11:52:13 AM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: prof.h.mandingo

We are talking about older movies here but this should not be a problem from now and into the future of film making as they can now make tanks (or anything) digitally and make as many as they want and do anything they want them to do.


72 posted on 05/26/2011 11:54:37 AM PDT by fish hawk
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To: 4everontheRight

Not war movies in the conventional sense, but a couple worth mentioning are:

The Great Raid

Escape From Sobibor


73 posted on 05/26/2011 11:57:16 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: justice14
I forgot to mention Flyboys, about the old double wingers and the Lafayette Escadrille of the Second WW.
74 posted on 05/26/2011 11:59:26 AM PDT by fish hawk
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To: 4everontheRight; Political Junkie Too

Dam Busters is on my long list.

12 O’Clock High, Tora Tora Tora, Patton, The Longest Day and Sands of Iwo Jima too.

tossin’ these into the mix too

Sand Pebbles - 1966 Steve McQueen
Objective Burma - 1945 Errol Flynn
Lawrence of Arabia - 1962 Peter O’Toole
Das Boot - 1982
Full Metal Jacket - 1987


75 posted on 05/26/2011 12:06:49 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Dam Busters is so good! Also, next time you watch it, see how much George Lucas ripped off from that movie for his attack on the Death Star!

The whole “Red Five standing bye” communications part of the attack and many other aspects were completely lifted from Dam Busters.


76 posted on 05/26/2011 12:24:49 PM PDT by The Toll
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To: Hatteras

Now that’s a war!!


77 posted on 05/26/2011 12:42:41 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: 4everontheRight

If you haven’t seen “A Walk in the Sun,” I recommend it.


78 posted on 05/26/2011 12:53:14 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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To: 4everontheRight

79 posted on 05/26/2011 1:12:55 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

It might be a little too graphic for your local library.


80 posted on 05/26/2011 1:32:48 PM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: fella
<“Taking Chance” it’s what Memorial day is about.

I couldn't agree more. Keep the tissues handy.

81 posted on 05/26/2011 2:06:12 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: 4everontheRight

On the lighter side two of my favorites are;

“Captain Newman, MD” Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, and a great ensemble cast.

“Father Goose” Cary Grant and Leslie Caron.


82 posted on 05/26/2011 2:08:31 PM PDT by Sparky21555
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To: Steel Wolf

Second Restrepo - absolutely top of the line.


83 posted on 05/26/2011 2:42:37 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: 4everontheRight
Don't forget Korea: Gregory Peck's Pork Chop Hill

And the Civil War: Ken Burn's series The Civil War

84 posted on 05/26/2011 2:47:00 PM PDT by etcetera ("Jihad Is Compulsory." Mohammed)
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To: 4everontheRight

The bar scene in “Not With My Wife, You Don’t” [Tony Curtis, Virna Lisi, and George C. Scott].

Tony is married to Virna, who used to be Scott’s girlfriend. Scott wants her back.

In the bar, Tony starts a hilarious bar fight in order to keep Scott from leaving with Virna. He does this by saying to an Australian soldier, “Spit on the American Flag, will ya” ...

Mayhem ensues. Scott gets separated from Virna in the melee. Tony grabs her and almost makes it to the door.

Where Scott says, “Spit on the Australian Flag, will ya” ...

Tony then gets the crap beat outta him by the Aussies ...


85 posted on 05/26/2011 3:12:19 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: 4everontheRight
Wow! So many good recommendations! I really like “They were expendable”....I usually have about 10 good war movies on my dvr by the time the weekend is up so I will watch some over the next week as well....all good movies...thanks for list!
86 posted on 05/26/2011 3:36:11 PM PDT by 4everontheRight ("America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." Tocquevill)
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To: Lmo56

Not real Tigers....T34 tanks made into Tigers. They did a good job.
The only real Tiger I have seen in a movie was the one in Saving Private Ryan. A German Reenacting group own it now. I saw it at a battle at Fort Indiantown Gap a few years ago and it ran like crap. Found out the transmisson was Kaput.


87 posted on 05/30/2011 9:27:27 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: BlueLancer

Thumbs up. Cross Of Iron rocked.
The sequal sucked rocks however.


88 posted on 05/30/2011 9:29:00 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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