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Stuart Cooper directs this story of an eighteen-year old boy who is called up into service in early 1944 and subsequently killed in the D-Day landings. Interspersed with actual news footage, this war drama stars Brian Stirner, Nicholas Ball, Davyd Harries and Julie Neesam.
Experience the true stories behind one of history's most significant days.
Get to the heart of one of history's most momentous and significant days with documentaries that take an unflinching look at the events of June 6, 1944 a date that will live on forever as the moment the tide of war in Europe turned forever: D-Day. When 156,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in the early hours of that June day, success was anything but assured.
The success of the Normandy landings the largest amphibious invasion ever attempted at the time signalled the beginning of the end for Hitler and Nazi Germany, giving the Allies a firm foothold on the continent from which to press on towards the German homeland.
This collection of awe-inspiring documentaries goes back to that decisive day to reveal the truth behind the legends. Using battlefield footage and the moving testimony of troops from both sides of the battlelines, one of the 20th century's defining days is brought to life as never before.
Adaptation of Vera Brittain's autobiography. In 1913, Brittain (Alicia Vikander) is set to take up a place reading English at Somerville College, Oxford, but with the outbreak of the Great War and the enlisting of her fiancÚ (Kit Harrington) and brother Edward (Taron Egerton), she instead opts to sacrifice her studies and become a volunteer nurse, working at the Western Front. Here Brittain witnesses the harsh realities of war first hand, undergoing a series of horrific experiences which will have a lasting influence on her life.
War drama starring Richard Attenborough, John Gregson and Michael Craig. Captain Williams (Gregson) is a martinet mine expert who undertakes to whip the hitherto lackadaisacal British Long Range Desert Group patrol into shape. This brings him into conflict with patrol leader Captain Cotton (Craig), but earns him the respect of hard-bitten trooper Brody (Attenborough). The wisdom of Williams' no-nonsense approach is demonstrated when the patrol is besieged by the highly-disciplined members of the German Afrika Korps.
Documentary about World War II which uses CGI to relive the conflict's most significant events from a satellite view.
Two war dramas directed by Clint Eastwood. 'Flags of Our Fathers' (2006) is based on the book by James Bradley and Ron Powers. In February 1945, even as victory in Europe was finally within reach, the war in the Pacific raged on. One of the most crucial and bloodiest battles of the war was the struggle for the island of Iwo Jima, which culminated with what would become one of the most iconic images in history: five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi. But the surviving flag raisers had no interest in being held up as symbols and did not consider themselves heroes; they wanted only to stay on the front with their brothers in arms who were fighting and dying without fanfare or glory. 'Letters from Iwo Jima' (2006) is based on the book 'Picture Letters from Commander in Chief' by Tadamichi Kuribayashi. The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favour the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff.
Hollywood account of Allied attempts to destroy Rommel's fuel stores in the Sahara. Hudson and Peppard play German Jews enlisted for the mission.
Second World War action drama. An American commando unit, who are dropped behind enemy lines in Italy, fail in their mission to blow up a strategic dam when all but their leader (Rock Hudson) are ambushed and killed. He is given another chance to succeed in his mission when he reluctantly strikes a deal with a group of local youths who rescue him and offer their help in exchange for the soldier's assistance in dealing with the Nazi's invasion of their village. The film features a score by Ennio Morricone.
American Second World War drama. In England 1943, the American Army become increasingly frustrated with their ineffective night-time bombing missions. As a result, an ambitious new plan put forward by Colonel Greg Brandon (Christopher George) is put into action by his superiors to fly 1000 bombers over Germany to attack in broad daylight. Tensions increase as he tries to get his troops ready for the mission and as the date draws nearer the colonel even begins to lose faith in the likelihood of success.
No-holds-barred combat drama written and directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg. The film follows a group of four US Navy SEALs as they are deployed on a mission to kill or capture Ahmed Shahd (Yousuf Azami), a formidable Taliban leader. While working carefully to avoid detection, the team are spotted by a local goat herder and his two sons. Faced with the tough decision between killing them, an act that would be against the Geneva Conventions, and setting them free, which would potentially compromise their cover, the team choose the humane but risky option. But when one of the boys informs the local Taliban of the SEALs' whereabouts it isn't long before the team are engaged in a bloody and ferocious battle. The ensemble cast includes Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana.
An all-star international cast re-tells the events of the Allied Landings in Normandy in 1944. Events are seen from various points of view, including the Germans', in an epic and spectacular style. Along with the 43 international stars, the film used 23,000 Allied troops and despite costing over $10 million to make, it has now become one of the most successful films of its genre. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda head the cast.
The final film created by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (their partnership having previously produced 'A Matter of Life and Death', 'The Red Shoes' and 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp'). Set on the island of Crete during the Nazi occupation, the film stars Dirk Bogarde and David Oxley as British officers assigned to kidnap the German commander-in-chief General Kreipe (Marius Goring) and spirit him back to Cairo. If successful, the morale of the Germans would be weakened and the resistance would be stronger. But once he is captured, the British officers have to get him passed German patrols at almost every turning.
Colonel Keith Davenport (Gary Merrill) is more of a friend than a commander to his men, a US bomber crew stationed in wartime Britain. After a series of dangerous missions, the pilots are living on their nerves and when Davenport is replaced by the callous General Savage (Gregory Peck), the latter's attempts to whip the crew into shape result in a deluge of requests for transfers. However, young Lieutenent Bishop (Robert Patten) rallies his fellow pilots, and soon they and Savage begin to develop a mutual respect.
John Krish writes and directs this war drama which was originally only shown to high-ranking military officers. The film depicts the brutality faced by British prisoners of war at the hands of their enemies during the early 1950s Korean conflict.
Playwright Terence Rattigan and director John Boulting contributed to the war effort with this docu-drama chronicling the training of RAF pilots during WWII. Richard Attenborough and David Tomlinson are amongst the Brits hoping to do battle for King and country, whilst Hollywood star Edward G. Robinson appears as a US flying instructor.
World War II prequel following the journey of a group of airborne infantry soldiers who are parachuted into occupied France in 1944. The Parachute Regimental Combat Team jumped into the south of France on the 15th of August 1944, landing behind enemy lines. The men's mission was to help clear a path for the main bulk of British and US soldiers advancing towards Berlin. However, landing in occupied territory is always a dangerous business and the soldiers soon find themselves fighting in close combat with German troops and teaming up with members of the French resistance who seek their help. Corbin Allred, David Nibley and Jasen Wade star.
In 1943 a group of mismatched Allied soldiers are sent to sabotage two powerful Nazi guns situated on a Greek island. If their mission fails, the guns will wipe out the 2,000 British soldiers who are attempting to evacuate civilians further down the coast. The mission is led by the dispassionate Captain Mallory (Gregory Peck), whose clinical approach does not find favour with explosives expert Corporal Miller (David Niven). Meanwhile, the group's Greek patriot guide Andrea Stavros (Anthony Quinn) is nursing a grudge against Mallory for an old injustice. A belated sequel, 'Force 10 from Navarone', followed in 1978.
John Huston's classic wartime drama about two mismatched people stranded on a South Pacific island during World War 2. Marine Sergeant Allison (Robert Mitchum) finds himself marooned on an island with an Irish nun, Sister Angela (Deborah Kerr), and surrounded by the Japanese military. Struggling to survive, the pair find themselves attracted to each other despite Sister Angela's faith. Kerr won her fourth Academy Award for her role and the stars teamed up for three more films.
Francis Ford Coppola's multi-million dollar war epic, accompanied by the 1991 documentary which chronicled its making, and the updated 2001 director's cut. In 'Apocalypse Now', US Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is sent on a mission to assassinate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a renegade American officer who has set up his own kingdom in the heart of the jungle at the height of the Vietnam war. Willard's journey begins with a devastating aerial assault on a small Vietnamese village, the attacking helicopters booming Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyrie' out of their speakers, and becomes progressively more deranged as it moves up the river. 'Apocalype Now Redux' (2001) is a new cut of the Vietnam epic, with director Francis Ford Coppola adding 55 minutes of deleted scenes. 'Hearts of Darkness' (1991) chronicles the troubled making of Coppola's epic. Filming began in February 1976, but problems on location included illness, clashing egos (Brando turned up on set - to the tune of three million dollars a week - overweight and unwilling to learn his lines) and cast changes (Martin Sheen replaced original choice Harvey Keitel halfway through). By the time shooting was concluded, Coppola had gone $31 million over budget. Fortunately, his wife Eleanor was on hand to capture the chaos on film as a warning to aspiring directors everywhere.
John Mills stars in this war story set after the fall of Tobruk in World War II. Two English army officers (John Mills and Harry Andrews) and two young nurses (Sylvia Syms and Diane Clare) are driving an ambulance through occupied North Africa to Alexandria. Along the way they pick up a South African officer (Anthony Quayle), and more than once avoid capture and death while crossing the German lines. However, as the South African officer begins to undermine their confidence, they gradually come to suspect him of being a German spy.
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.
Colin Farrell stars in this drama based on the memoirs of war correspondent Scott Anderson. After a traumatic near-death experience in war-torn Kurdistan, battle-scarred photojournalist Mark (Farrell) returns home to Dublin separated from his friend and colleague David (Jamie Sives). As Mark struggles to pull his life back together with the help of his wife Elena (Paz Vega) and her father, renowned Spanish psychoanalyst Joaquin Morales (Christopher Lee), the shocking truth behind David's disappearance is gradually revealed.
George Patton was the only Allied general truly feared by the Nazis. Charismatic and flamboyant, Patton designed his own uniforms, sported ivory-handled six-shooters and believed he was a warrior in past lives. He outmanuevered Rommel in Africa and after D-Day led his troops in an unstoppable campaign across Europe. But he was rebellious as well as brilliant, and as this movie shows with insight and poignancy, his own volatile personailty was the one enemy he could never defeat.
A critically acclaimed film that won a total of eight 1970 Academy Awards (Including Best Picture), Patton is a riveting portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest military geniuses.
Triple bill of war dramas set at sea. In 'For Those in Peril' (1943), Pilot Officer Rawlings (Ralph Michael) is turned down by the RAF for air service on medical grounds and instead joins Air Sea Rescue, helping to pull downed Allied airmen out of the sea. Rawlings is initially resentful of his new job, but gradually comes to appreciate its importance. When the crew of a Boston bomber become stranded at sea in a dinghy, Rawlings and his colleagues become involved in a race against time - and the elements - to save their lives. 'San Demetrio, London' (1943), set in 1940 during the battle of the Atlantic, is based on a true story. The crew of the petrol tanker San Demetrio are left with a near impossible task when she is torpedoed by the Germans. The crew are forced to abandon ship in three lifeboats. Two are picked up by other ships in the convoy, but the third drifts for days until its crew spies the burning San Demetrio on the horizon. Do they board the ship, try to put out its fires and get it back to English shores or do they stay in the drifting lifeboat in the hope of being rescued? In 'The Cruel Sea' (1953), based on the novel by Nicholas Monsarrat, World War Two Lt. Commander Ericson (Jack Hawkins) has already lost one ship to an enemy attack when he is given command of the frigate Saltash Castle. A subsequent confrontation in the North Atlantic tests Ericson's leadership to the limit once again, as he risks sacrificing the lives of his crew for the greater good.
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