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Double bill of war features. 'Attack on Leningrad' (2009) finds English journalist Kate Davis (Mira Sorvino) trapped within the besieged city of Leningrad. Separated from her lover, writer Philip Parker (Gabriel Byrne), and presumed dead, Kate is rescued by a female member of the Leningrad militia, Nina Tsvetkova (Olga Sutulova). Together, the two women battle to stay alive throughout the devastating 800-day siege. 'Days of Glory' (2007) explores the plight of the North African troops enlisted to fight in the French army between 1943 and 1945. Despite the fact that the four young Arabs around whom the story centres, Said (Jamel Debbouze), Martinez (Bernard Blancan), Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) and Abdelkader (Sami Bouajila), are effectively fighting for one colonial oppressor against another, they are determined to represent their country well and battle for freedom, tolerance and respect.
Action drama set in the last days of World War Two. The American submarine USS Seaviper is sent to intercept top-secret cargo being traded between the Germans and the Japanese in the Port of Kiel but events conspire to leave the submarine's crew in mortal danger, as the damaged vessel becomes trapped below the surface with fast-decreasing oxygen levels and a Japanese destroyer targeting them from above.
Amit Gupta directs this adaptation of Owen Sheers' debut novel starring Andrea Riseborough and Michael Sheen. It's 1944 and D-Day has failed. The United Kingdom is now under Nazi occupation. In the remote Welsh village of Olchon, farmer's wife Sarah Lewis (Riseborough) wakes up one morning to find her husband has mysteriously disappeared along with all the other men in the village. Then, as they wait for news, a German patrol arrives in their valley on an undisclosed mission. During the harsh winter that follows, the two groups are forced to pull together to survive the last days of the war. Cut off from the conflict around them, both the villagers and the Nazis find the lines between collaboration, duty, occupation and survival becoming less defined as time goes on...
Leni Riefenstahl was asked to direct the official record of the 1934 Nazi rally at Nuremburg. The result is this technically spectacular piece of propaganda, a tribute to Nazi Germany and the 'Aryan Race', making use of over 40 cameramen. After World War II, the film was banned for fear of inspiring a new wave of fascism.
World War Two drama based on the personal wartime experiences of director Thad Smith's father. Don Smith (Cole Carson), a young sergeant in the 94th Infantry Division, finds himself unarmed and wounded on the frontline of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest battle involving American forces in the entire war. As the Allies advance through the snow-packed, densely-forested mountains of Ardennes, Don's sweetheart Dorine (Lauren Bair) waits at home in Oregon, desperate for news.
In this seagoing military drama set in World War II, Lt. Comdr. Ericson is made captain of a British corvette, a small escort vessel used to guide and protect convoys traveling through the Atlantic.
Ericson had his confidence severely shaken during his last command, in which he lost his ship and most of its men following an attack by a German U-boat.
As he leads a new and largely inexperienced crew aboard the H.M.S. Compass Rose, Ericson is once again thrown into a life-and-death dilemma that forces him to choose between destroying an enemy ship and sparing the lives of his own men.
Japanese World War II drama about a squadron of Kamikaze pilots fighting in the Pacific. The film follows the training and final moments in the lives of the young pilots as they bid farewell to their families and girlfriends and embark on their suicidal missions against the US Navy over the Pacific Ocean.
In the aftermath of the Gulf War, US soldiers Major Archie Gates (George Clooney), Sergeant Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg), Staff Sergeant Chief Elgin (Ice Cube) and Private Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze) discover an Iraqi map revealing the location of Saddam Hussein's hidden gold bullion. The men set out to appropriate the booty for themselves, but upon arrival at the village where it is buried become involved with the local rebels' battle with Hussein's troops.
War drama based on the novel 'The Great Raid on Cabanatuan' by William B. Breuer. It stars Benjamin Bratt as Lt. Colonel Mucci, an offbeat military man who puts his faith in young Captain Prince (James Franco) to lead a dangerous mission to rescue 500 American POWs held prisoner by the Japanese. Among the men imprisoned in the camp are Joseph Fiennes as the ailing Major Gibson and Marton Csokas as Captain Redding, who is always trying to escape. Connie Nielsen adds romantic tension as a war widow smuggling much-needed medicine into the camp.
Three friends from a Pennsylvanian steelworks, Michael, Steven and Nick, volunteer for service in Vietnam. Over the course of the war the trio are captured by the Vietcong and forced to play Russian Roulette for their captors' entertainment.
Michael and Steven manage to escape, and the latter is shipped home, disabled and bitter. When Michael also returns, to a hero's welcome, he discovers that Nick has remained in Vietnam, sending money to Steven without any explanation. With Saigon about to fall at any moment, Michael decides to return to Vietnam to bring his friend back.
Michael Cimino's epic drama won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Triple bill of World War Two dramas. 'Attack On Leningrad' (2007) stars Mira Sorvino as English journalist Kate Davis, who becomes trapped within the besieged city of Leningrad at the height of the war. Separated from her lover, writer Philip Parker (Gabriel Byrne), and presumed dead, Kate is rescued by Nina Tsvetkova (Olga Sutulova), a female member of the Leningrad militia. Joining forces with a makeshift band of survivors in the famished city, the two women battle to stay alive throughout the devastating 800-day siege. 'The Bridge' (2008) is a made-for-TV remake of the classic 1959 German war film, which in turn is based on the autobiographical novel by Manfred Gregor. 16-year-old Walter (Lars Steinhofel) is having a secret affair with his widowed 29-year-old teacher Elfie (Franka Potente). When Hitler's army begins mobilising its last troops, Walter and his friends are recruited to help defend a strategically important bridge near their town. What begins as a relatively minor operation quickly descends into a life or death battle in which the idealistic young men are confronted by the brutal reality of war. Despite Elfie's desperate attempts to stop her lover from taking part in a battle she can see is useless and unwinnable, Walter's pride and blind obedience to Hitler compel him and his friends to hold their position even as the last of their superiors concede defeat. 'City of War - The Story of John Rabe' (2009), from German director Florian Gallenberger, is based on real events. Ulrich Tukur stars as John Rabe, the German businessman and card-carrying member of the Nazi party who uses his influence to save the lives of many thousands of Chinese citizens from the brutal offensive by the Japanese military during the infamous Rape of Nanking in 1937-38.
World War Two drama. The film traces the destinies of three very different American soldiers stationed on the Italian front: idealistic pacifist Fairchild (Wendell Corey), religious zealot Preacher (Don Taylor) and flamboyant gambler Dooley (Mickey Rooney).
Gary Ross directs this war drama inspired by the life of southern farmer Newton Knight, played by Matthew McConaughey. During the Civil War Knight flees from the battlefield after seeing the destruction of war when his son is killed and his wife and daughters are left starving and destitute. Gathering together other deserters, mainly poor farmers, Knight leads a rebellion against the Confederate Army and creates a free state. The cast also includes Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sean Bridgers.
John Sturges' adaptation of Jack Higgins' semi-factual novel using an all-star cast. In 1943, a group of Nazi soldiers parachute into Norfolk and infiltrate a small village near the holiday retreat of Winston Churchill. Their plan is to assassinate the British Prime Minister but the villagers are not without initiative and, as their plans get protracted, they find themselves facing moral and practical dilemmas.
On Sunday November 14, 1965 at 10.48am, Lt. Col. Hal Moore and his regiment of 400 men touch down at Landing Zone X-ray in the In Drang Valley, a place in Vietnam known as "The Valley of Death". They find themselves surrounded by roughly 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers and the ensuing battle becomes one of the most savage in US History.
1943. The world is at war. Charlotte Gray, a young Scottish woman, is parachuted behind enemy lines into Southern France. Only she knows she has a dual mission. Officially she has been recruited by the British Government on a special operation to liaise with the local Resistance group, who are using guerilla tactics against the occupying German Army. Unofficially, she is searching for her lover, Peter, an English airman missing in action after his plane is shot down.
As Charlotte becomes more deeply involved with the Resistance fighters she realises that her love of France and its people will change her life forever.
In 1943, with Rome occupied by the Nazis, Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty (Gregory Peck) does all he can to help Allied POWs, providing them with hiding places and assisting them in their flight from the Germans. Gestapo Chief Colonel Herbert Kappler (Christopher Plummer) grows suspicious of O'Flaherty, but is frustrated by the priest's diplomatic immunity. Finally, he issues an order that O'Flaherty either be captured or shot if he is ever seen outside the walls of the Vatican.
The true story of Lt. Franz von Werra, the only German prisoner-of-war interred in Britain to successfully escape and return to Germany. His journey took him initially to Canada and then through the USA before his eventual return to his homeland.
Belfast, 1971: a young, rookie soldier, Gary Hook, is sent on his first field operation as the British military deploy emergency troops to try to suppress the increasing violence.
When their first mission sparks a riot, Gary is accidentally abandoned by his unit in the frenzy.
Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night and find his way back to base through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.
New airforce recruit Peter Firth takes an instant dislike to his embittered squadron leader, Malcolm McDowell. But as the young pilot experiences the tensions and stresses of warfare, his dislike turns to admiration. The film features excellently photographed aerial dogfight sequences. Also starring Christopher Plummer and John Gielgud. An airborn remake of the 1930 trench-bound 'Journey's End'.
This semi-documentary, which made stars of Jack Hawkins and John Gregson, is a look at life in an RAF fighter station during the Battle of Britain. Set in the Summer of 1940, a squadron of Hurricanes are followed as they take on the massive wave of Luftwaffe fighters and bombers that are intent on breaking down Britain's defences as a prequel to a German invasion. Without the bravery of these pilots Britain may well have been invaded.
A year has passed since the official end to the hostilities of The Great War, yet one small independent state the state of Latvia still finds itself under the threat of siege from two powerful empires. On one side are the Soviets, and on the other a renegade German unit that should have surrendered at the end of the War, but didn t. Together they amass a 50,000 strong army and descend upon the seemingly defenceless city.
In this epic dramatization we witness the fearlessly brave, loyal and impassioned civilians collide with their far superior enemies, the highly trained and equipped forces of German and Russian mercenaries in their fierce and honourable battle for freedom.
A British and an American soldier (Robert Taylor and Richard Todd), both in love with the same woman (Dana Wynter), are travelling to Normandy in 1944. Aware of the dangers of the impending invasion, they stave off fear by reminiscing about their romances.
Leslie Norman directs this British wartime drama which tells two sides of the Dunkirk story. British Corporal 'Tubby' Binns (John Mills) finds himself responsible for getting his men back to Britain from the Dunkirk beaches, after their commanding officer is killed and they become separated from the rest of the Allied Forces. Meanwhile, civilian reporter Charles Foreman (Bernard Lee) follows the build-up to the eventual evacuation of British and French troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. The cast also includes Richard Attenborough, Robert Urquhart and Ray Jackson.
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