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Godfather
29th Aug 2002, 15:11
... and I realized that I had forgotten how great it actually is.

Now, my question to you guys is:

"What is your favorite war-movie of all time?"

I've mentioned five of thé greatest war-movies of all time, but there are a few that are still missing. You don't have to read this entire list of mine, but it could be interesting if you wanted to know my opinion about some of them! What war-movies do you like actually

The bridge on the river Kwai (a classic!)
The African queen (a perfect mix of romance and war)
Behind enemy lines (a tad too commercial, but good!)
The thin red line (too much of a Hollywood-cast, I think)
Best defence (the best of all Dudley Moore-movies)
Black hawk down (pretty impressive action-scenes, but nothing much more than that!)
Born on the fourth of July (Yugh! Soooo boring!!)
A bridge too far (not a very famous movie, but with a strong cast (Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins and Gene Hackman) and a pretty good movie after all!)
The Caine Mutiny (Hmmm, not very good! A long-forgotten classic of the '50s)
Captain Corelli's mandolin (YES, somehow this movie didn't become a success ... but it sure as heaven is one of thé greatest movies of the past five years!! See it ... if you haven't already!!!!)
Casualties of war (Bryan De Palma's contribution to the Vietnam war with this *not so famous* yet *great and realistic* war-movie!
Courage under fire (Nah! Too much babbling and too little action for a war movie)
The dirty dozen (one of the more commercial and Hollywood-typical kinda war movies, but very good indeed!
Dr. Strangelove (I know that this one is a classic, but I simply can't dig this typical Jewish humor ... I don't find it funny!)
El Cid (not as good as Ben-Hur by far, but worth a watch!
Empire of the sun (a great performance by the very young Christian Bale, but one of the weakest of Spielberg)
Enemy at the gates (Thé most expensive European movie EVER made and one hell of a war-movie ... Ed Harris is great as always!)
Full Metal Jacket (good, but too Kubrick-weird at times. Why did he cut this film in two non-related parts anyway?)
Good morning, Vietnam (Goodbye, Robin Williams!)
The great escape (A great movie and a perfect example of how to make a good movie with colorful characters and a wonderful cast)
Ben-Hur (one of the best of its kind, but after having watched it upto five times, I'm kind of bored with it now!)
and so on ...
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TombRaiderChik
29th Aug 2002, 16:17
yikes hard descision.:D ive seen all of those movies (except for the battleship potemkin) and they are all wonderful movies. i would probably be moving towards deer hunter cuz robert de nero was great in that but also so was tom hanks in saving private ryan. ahh i cant decide!!!

Godfather
29th Aug 2002, 21:18
Originally posted by TombRaiderChik
yikes hard descision.:D ive seen all of those movies (except for the battleship potemkin) and they are all wonderful movies. i would probably be moving towards deer hunter cuz robert de nero was great in that but also so was tom hanks in saving private ryan. ahh i cant decide!!!

Hmmm, I'll make it easy for you! When you look at the acting, you should definitely take The Deer Hunter. Robert De Niro is still ten times Tom Hanks will ever be!! ;)

TombRaiderChik
30th Aug 2002, 03:07
alright uve convinced me! ill vote for deer hunter ;)

MountainDewNut
30th Aug 2002, 04:21
*sigh* I haven't seen any of those movies. I need to get out more.

Lara Croft Online
30th Aug 2002, 05:38
Patton : George C Scott

DaveJ
30th Aug 2002, 08:34
Originally posted by Godfather


Hmmm, I'll make it easy for you! When you look at the acting, you should definitely take The Deer Hunter. Robert De Niro is still ten times Tom Hanks will ever be!! ;)



That doesn't make the Rocky and Bullwinkle movie funnier than Bachelor Party.....

LARAMANIAC
30th Aug 2002, 15:51
I don't really enjoy war movies but I was impressed with Saving Private Ryan!! Thought it was well-acted and good plot!!! It actually brought home to me how close soldiers actually get to each other when they were fighting!!! I know that may sound rather stupid but I just never realised how close in vicinity terms that the soldiers actually were!!!

LaraAngelOfDarkness
30th Aug 2002, 23:48
I hate war movies, they are ALWAYS the same and predictable. Like for instance the main stars mostly always die in some heroic way to save some group.

PS: War is stupid, plain and simple:( .

Godfather
31st Aug 2002, 00:54
Originally posted by LaraAngelOfDarkness
PS: War is stupid, plain and simple:( .

True. That's why some of the scenes in the above-mentioned movies aren't always as easy to watch.

Hey DaveJ: I thought you would vote for the Battleship Potemkin ... since you always seem to like the more alternative movies. ;)

DaveJ
31st Aug 2002, 08:10
How do you know I didn't?

AOD510123
1st Sep 2002, 01:41
I like all but Saving Private Ryan is my favorite war movie. Black Hawk Down is also a good movie.

DanO-mulder
1st Sep 2002, 03:47
To Hell and Back

True story also.....well, as true as a hollywood true story can be...and the lead actor played the part of himself...Audie Murphy ....The most decorated soldier of WW2.

He used to play poker with my dad........

John Carter
1st Sep 2002, 04:34
Originally posted by mulder
To Hell and Back

True story also.....well, as true as a hollywood true story can be...and the lead actor played the part of himself...Audie Murphy ....The most decorated soldier of WW2.

He used to play poker with my dad........

Those must have been interesting games. Murphy was one of those extremely rare people who never rattle, no matter if he had a bad poker hand or four or five MG-42 rounds in his leg.

Audie Murphy has a little piece of local history here, too, unfortunately. His plane flew into a mountain about 110 miles from here.

Favorite war movie....hmmm....Although technically "Saving Private Ryan", "The Longest Day", or "A Bridge too Far" are probably the best, and I like all of them, "Kelly's Heroes" is my favorite, unrealistic thing that it is.

DaveJ
1st Sep 2002, 08:10
Watching 'Kelly's Heroes' with my Dad as a kid is one of my happiest childhood memories.
:)

I voted "Apocalypse Now" as it shows not only the horror of war, but the insanity of it, too.

"Three Kings" was good in that respect too.

"Saving Pvt. Ryan" is a stunning film, but I would quibble Drexel's point about Spielberg and his subtleties. Very often he is the reverse, and shoves the emotion right in your face in case you miss it ("Color Purple" anyone?) rather than trying subtle and more telling long shots.


He is learning though.
;)

Prelude
1st Sep 2002, 18:03
Originally posted by Drexel
You didn't mention Star Wars!! :D


He he, in the words of the great warrior Yoda “mmm, wars not make one great!” :D

DanO-mulder
2nd Sep 2002, 00:02
John Carter...
From what my Dad told me when I was a kid they were pretty interesting games of poker......He used to play with him and a Boxer (gold glove) named Art Aragon...who had a few small parts in some movies i guess....And some baseball players....(my dad played semi-pro with a Team named The Hollywood Stars)....Anyway...Murphy let him watch one day on the set of "To Hell and Back"....It was the scene in a field with a bunch Tanks.....

I first learned all this from my dad the day he heard on the news that his plane had crashed.

Darakari
2nd Sep 2002, 01:53
I think "Saving Private Ryan" should have been called "Worshipping Captain Tom Hanks". The movie had little to do with Ryan. As with the majority of war movies, its up to the brave valiant officer to control the inept unintelligent enlisted men. Three years previous military service showed me that reality is extremely different from what is portrayed in hollywood. The really professional and dependable officers usually leave the service for better career offers on the outside, leaving behind the ignorant and the jerks. I met many good men in the service, but all of them moved on to better jobs, just as I did.

Godfather
2nd Sep 2002, 20:58
Originally posted by DaveJ
How do you know I didn't?

Err ... coz it ain't got a vote yet. Geez! :rolleyes: :D

DaveJ
3rd Sep 2002, 08:21
Oh, I see.

Ha ha...
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ha ha.....er....ha.


When I wrote that I hadn't voted for any of them, so I had no idea what had been voted for and what hadn't.

This is a rarity in your polls as I actually did vote in it.
:)

rocconorth
4th Sep 2002, 04:28
Ignore that subject heading....I'm just a Star Wars nutter and it has nothing to do with my opinion on the subject of this thread. I'm not sure about what I think is the greatest war movie, but I do think that the beginning sequence of Saving Ryan's Privates (wait a minute...that was the porno version:p) err....Saving Private Ryan was some of the most riveting images I've ever seen. I'm talking about the storming of Normandy part at the beginning. That part is so horrifying. It really brings home the reality and horror of warfare. I think movies tend to gloss over fighting and it comes out looking sleek. The beginning of Saving..just blows you away. I remember watching it the first time and I was literally crawling in my seat. When the scene finally ended I literally felt relieved that the tension was over!!! I felt like I had just ran a marathon. I think that's a sign of good film making when you can make the viewer so emersed in a scene that they forget it's a movie. Anyway, like I said, I don't know if it's my favorite movie over all, but that scene is second to none.