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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 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.
Historical epic based around the 1683 Battle of Vienna which is seen by many as a key event in the development of Western civilisation. The battle began on the eleventh of September and saw the advancing forces of the Ottoman Empire take on those mustered by the Holy Roman Empire and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in a bid to defend Vienna. Could the troops commanded by the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I (Piotr Adamczyk), his advisor Marco d'Aviano (F. Murray Abraham) and the Polish King Jan III Sobieski (Jerzy Skolimowski) repel the attack on Europe?
Wartime docu-drama starring John Mills, Eric Portman and Lionel Jeffries, re-telling the experiences of Allied prisoners-of-war who were held in Colditz Castle. These POWs were strictly monitored as they were a high risk category and had constantly tried to escape whichever prison they where previously placed in. Despite being outnumbered by their guards, the prisoners of Colditz continued to achieve their goal - freedom. The film inspired the 1972 TV series 'Colditz'.
Triple bill of German films set during World War II. 'Before the Fall' (2004) follows events at a Nazi military training school, where Friedrich (Max Riemelt), a working-class boy with a talent for boxing, and the sensitive, poetry-loving Albrecht (Tom Schilling) are forced to lay aside their innocence and humanity as they prepare to join the Nazi elite. 'My Best Enemy' (2011) reunites Viktor Kaufmann (Moritz Bleibtreu), a member of a wealthy German Jewish family torn apart by the war, with the former servant, Rudi Smekal (Georg Friedrich), who was raised almost as a member of the family but betrayed them to the Nazis. 'The Crimson Ocean' (2008) is a made-for-TV drama that tells the story of the sinking of the passenger ship Gustloff, captained by Hellmut Kehding (Kai Wiesinger), in the final year of the war. The incident cost 9,000 lives, with the majority of those on board the ship women and children.
World War II drama starring Rupert Grint in which the crews of English and German planes who shoot each other down are forced to band together to survive a tough Norwegian winter. It is 1940 and the conflict between Britain and Germany is in its infancy when an aerial clash results in planes from both sides crashing in a remote area of Norway. The survivors of the incident seek refuge in the same mountain cabin and are forced to try and put their differences aside to deal with the merciless conditions. Will the men, who include Gunner Robert Smith (Grint) and Unteroffizier Josef Schwartz (David Kross), be able to develop a relationship or will the divisiveness of the war tear them apart?
Alan Ladd stars in this wartime tale of a paratrooper with a secret past who takes part in a daring raid behind enemy lines. Resigning from the US military after he caused the death of a fellow officer in a flying accident, Canada McKendrick (Ladd) enlists as a paratrooper in England, claiming to be a Canadian to disguise his past. Despite suspicions from commanding officer Major Snow (Leo Genn), McKendrick's fighting skills soon lead him to be recruited for a raid on a German radar station. But when Major Snow is wounded in the heat of battle, McKendrick is forced to assume command and call on all of his previous experience to bring his comrades back home.
War action drama based on real events in the Second World War. The film tells the story of the Pathfinders, a volunteer unit of American paratroopers who are given the deadly mission to parachute into Nazi-held territory 30 minutes before the Normandy invasion. The soldiers must then locate and mark strategic 'drop zones' and set up the top-secret navigation equipment needed to guide the primary airborne assault on D-Day, while concealing themselves from the enemy until the invasion gets underway.
Brad Haynes directs this Australian World War Two drama based on real events. In 1944, a group of Japanese soldiers held in a P.O.W. camp deep in the Australian outback make an escape attempt. One young soldier, Masaru (Shingo Usami), ends up hiding in the remote hilltop farm of reclusive farmer Jack (Jai Koutrae), a World War One veteran who never recovered from the traumas he experienced as a soldier. Despite their differences and mutual suspicions, it soon becomes evident that the two men share the understanding that war is not simply a question of good versus evil but a complex set of rules by which each of them is duty-bound to abide.
World War Two drama starring Ron Perlman. It is 1942, and intelligence services from England, Germany and Russia are competing to avail themselves of the genius of Nicolas Raus (Todd Field), a German-Jewish scientist who has been developing a powerful state-of-the-art secret weapon. When German officer General von Binding (Perlman) leads a daring abduction of the scientist, American agent Frank Hossom (Craig Sheffer) is ordered to bring him back dead or alive - a mission that is complicated by his growing attraction to Nicolas's lover, Olga Ryabina (Svetlana Metkina).
Ken Annakin directs this World War Two drama based on a novel by Nevil Shute. Michael Denison stars as Rick, a young RAF pilot patrolling the English Channel for U-Boats. When he sinks what he believes to be a German submarine, it later turns out to be British and he is charged with neglect. In order to clear his name and prove his worth, he volunteers to lead a dangerous mission. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Mona (Patricia Plunkett) fights to prove that Rick is innocent of the charges made against him.
During World War Two, a group of English troops become cut off from their batallion while behind enemy lines in the western desert. Attacked by a German fighter plane and then caught in a sandstorm, the nine men seek refuge in a deserted tomb. However, they soon cross swords with a group of Italian soldiers in a similar situation. While the Italians lay siege to the British unit, the men plan a night-time counter-attack, but it can only be a matter of time before one side buckles under the strain...
Director Brian De Palma revisits similar terrain that he covered in his 1989 film, 'Casualties of War', in this 'fictional documentary' loosely based on a real-life gang rape and multiple murder perpetrated by US soldiers in Iraq in 2006. Centred around a small army group stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq, the film alternates points of view, balancing the experiences of these inexperienced young men with those of the western media and local Iraqi people. Utilising an array of different filmic styles, from video diaries and surveillance footage, to produced documentaries and news coverage, De Palma forces the viewer to question how 'truth' is reported and asks difficult questions about the brutalising effects of war on all those involved.
A fictional story inspired by true events, Redacted is a unique cinematic experience that will force viewers to radically reconsider the filters through which we see and accept events in our world, the power of the mediated image and how presentation and composition influence our ideas and beliefs.
A profound meditation on the way information is packaged, distributed and received in an era with infinite channels of communication, Redacted utilizes a variety of created source material - video diaries, produced documentary, surveillance footage, online testimonials, news pieces - to comment on the extreme disconnect between the surface of an image and the reality of ideas and the truth, especially in times of strife.
WWII drama directed by Rachid Bouchareb, depicting 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 have, in effect, been called up by one colonial oppressor to fight another, they say goodbye to their families in Algeria, Morocco and Senegal and willingly step forward to take up their arms. But all find themselves shockingly discriminated against by bigots within the French army, and deprived of the few rights and privileges to which new recruits are entitled. Bouchareb's powerful and persuasive film was instrumental in French prime minister Jacques Chirac's decision to compensate all North Africans who fought in World War II by unfreezing their pensions.
War drama set in Belgium in December 1944.
When German troops open fire on unarmed American prisoners of war, they provoke the historic Malmedy Massacre.
Four soldiers, trapped behind enemy lines discover a stranded R.A.F. pilot who holds the key to German intelligence which could save thousands of American lives.
The five men must battle through the bitter Winter landscape, to smuggle their precious cargo from the clutches of the enemy.
During the Second World War, Air Commodore Waltby is flying to Allied Command Headquarters with an attaché case packed with information that could stave off an invasion by Germany. Unfortunately, his plane is shot down and he and three colleagues are left drifting in a lifeboat in the North Sea - with the vital intelligence reports still not in the hands of Allied Command. As the Allied authorities direct the search, the four men are edging closer to death and the Germans are planning their assault.
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