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Triple bill of WWII movies. In 'Against the Wind' (1947), at the height of the war, a group of men and women are gathered together in London to be trained as spies. However, there is a traitor in their midst. 'The Dam Busters' (1954), adapted from the book by Paul Brickhill, is based on the true story of Dr Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave), whose invention of the 'Bouncing Bomb' is greeted with much scepticism. However, RAF Wing Commander Guy Gibson proves the bomb's worth in a daring mission to destroy the German Ruhr Dams. The film also stars Richard Todd and Ursula Jeans. Docu-drama 'The Colditz Story' (1954), adapted from the book by P.R. Reid, stars John Mills, Eric Portman and Lionel Jeffries, and re-tells 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.
Drama set in East Berlin prior to the fall of the communist government. Captain Gerd Weiser (Ulrich Muhe) is assigned to surveillance duties, specifically to collect information on popular dramatist Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) and his actress partner Christa Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck). As he becomes more and more submerged in their lives, Weiser's own attitudes to life, politics and the state begin to change, and it's not long before he finds himself in a dangerous situation.
Enzo G. Castellari directs this Italian war film. Using the chaos of the Dunkirk evacuation as a cover, a group of German agents take on the identities of English soldiers in order to gain access to England and take out radar installations along the coast. In order to infiltrate the British army, they kill a squad of English troops and take their ID tags. Army officer Captain Paul Stevens (Frederick Stafford) finds the dead men and realises that their IDs are missing. On his return to England he heads efforts to track down the saboteurs before they can inflict any further damage.
Guy Hamilton's classic war film looks at how England defended itself from the German aerial onslaught of the summer of 1940. Laurence Olivier plays Sir Hugh Dowding, the air chief marshal whose fleet outmanouevre the Luftwaffe, despite a numerical disadvantage; and those few to whom so many owed so much are portrayed by an all-star cast including Michael Caine, Kenneth More and Ralph Richardson. Despite its pro-British slant, the authenticity of the film's impressive flying sequences was guaranteed by the technical advice of Adolf Galland, one of the Nazi's most celebrated World War 2 pilots.
During the last days of World War II, one woman documents the fall of Berlin from the basement of a bombed-out building.
Based on the real-life diaries ‘The Woman in Berlin’, Anonyma must use all her ingenuity whilst enduring the unimaginable to survive at the brutal hands of the invading Red Army.
The author of the real-life diary remained anonymous even after her death, and she was the only woman to report on a subject that is still taboo even today: soldiers of the Red Army raping German women at the end of the Second World War.
Fictionalised account of the battle to secure Hill 937 (aka Hamburger Hill), an objective which resulted in one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Vietnam War. Focusing on the exploits of 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, Bravo Company of the 101st Airborne Division, it shows the extreme duress suffered by the soldiers involved, as they do their best to win a pointless prize in a war being fought without popular support and which - like the attempt to secure the hill itself - is destined to end in failure. Written by John Carabatsos, who himself served with the 1st Air Cavalry in 1968-69.
A WWII spy is faced with a moral dilemma in this psychological thriller from British director Anthony Asquith. When pilot Gene Summers (Paul Massie) is grounded, he reluctantly accepts an offer to join the intelligence services and train as a spy. Assigned to assassinate a French lawyer suspected of betraying the resistance, Summers begins to have doubts about the mission, which are confirmed when he actually meets his target face to face.
Based on real events, this vintage war movie charts the fortunes of a small group of British soldiers serving in the Korean war. Out on a routine patrol, the soldiers find that Chinese troop movements have cut them off from their own lines. They try to fight their way back to safety but with the enemy surrounding them on all sides, the prospects look bleak. The cast includes George Baker, Stanley Baker, Harry Andrews and Michael Caine in his first credited film role.
A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed.
Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler's own emergency plan - known as Operation Valkyrie - these men plot to assassinate the dictator and overthrow his Nazi government from the inside.
With everything in place, with the future of the world, the fate of millions and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, von Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to the one who must kill Hitler himself.
One of the lesser-known Powell and Pressburger collaborations. During the Second World War, scientist Sammy Rice (David Farrar) works at a British research unit set up to solve the enemy's methods of attack. Embittered after losing a foot in a bomb blast, Sammy is increasingly seeking solace in drink. However, a budding romance with his secretary, Susan (Kathleen Byron), and the challenge of analysing a new German bomb provide him with a new sense of meaning.
A film based on the successful play by Willis Hall about a British patrol in Burma who are determined to kill an innocent Japanese prisoner in a mad revenge for atrocities against British prisoners.
War drama set in Northern Italy during the final weeks of the World War II. On one side, a group of American supply soldiers deliver ammunition to the front line, a journey that becomes a descent into hell. On the other side, a doomed German unit and their ragtag Italian partners struggle to maintain morale and discipline amongst their beleaguered troops in the face of certain defeat. Torn between these are the divided loyalties of the Italians, both fascist soldiers and communist partisans, who have turned brother against brother in a bloody civil war.
British troops are trying to get into enemy territory – a small Greek island that is home to two airfields from where the Luftwaffe are launching deadly air attacks on Allied troops in North Africa.
With the help of some Greek patriots, the soldiers set out to attack the airfields having first to navigate their way through the many enemy troops…
Steven Spielberg's epic Holocaust drama won seven Oscars, including statuettes for Best Picture and Director.
Oskar Schindler is a Nazi Party member out to profit from the war. The local Jewish population provide a ready source of cheap labour for his factory, but Oskar's mercenary instincts become coupled with more altruistic ones when he discovers that the Jews he does not employ are likely to be sent to concentration camps.
From then on, he attempts to save as many Jews from imprisonment as possible, whilst keeping on the right side of the Nazi authorities.
Relive the drama, conflict and power of one of the most influential anti-war films ever made.
Follow a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat.
The hard-hitting, timeless masterpiece returns with stunning visual enhancement to its deserving place in film history!
In black & white.
Seen through the eyes of a young boy, the 'fireworks' provided by the Blitz every night are as exciting as they are terrifying. His family do not see things in quite the same way and as the bombs continue to drop, their will to survive brings them closer together.
The nightly raids do not provide the only drama, however, as his sister falls for a Canadian airman and finding her life turned upside down, soon discovers how valuable the bonds of family can become.
Hope And Glory paints a picture of a world riven by conflict and yet united in resistance to the creeping tide of war that seems to be marching ever closer.
Collection of documentaries exploring some of the key events and battles from the First World War. The documentaries included are: 'Concise History of WW1', Battle of the Somme/Gods of War', 'Gallipoli' and 'Anzacs'.
General Douglas MacArthur, one of the most controversial public figures of our time, is the subject of this superb biographical drama which traces his outstanding career.
In 1942, with his position in the Philippines made hopeless by Japan's destruction of more than half the planes in his Far East Command, MacArthur leaves pledging 'I shall return!'
MacArthur does return, with riveting victories in the Pacific and the deft handling of the democratization of Japan; he is also armed with Presidential aspirations.
While serving in Korea, it is there that his colossal ego and insubordination results in dismissal by Truman in 1951.
MacArthur is a compelling story which explores facets of his ambitious character. It clearly demonstrates his brilliance as a strategist; his lust for publicity and flair for dramatics.
A second film version (the first was made in 1930) of Erich Maria Remarque's story about a group of idealistic young Germans recruited to fight on the Western Front in 1914. Amongst their number is the patriotic Paul Baumer (Richard Thomas), whose preconceptions are rapidly shattered upon witnessing the horror of life at the front. Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence and Ian Holm also star.
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.
German-occupied Norway 1942: physics professor Dr Pederson and underground leader Straud must convince British Intelligence that the Nazis are planning to build the A-bomb.
The Norse Hydro Plant at Telemark is central to enemy strategy and the Allies decide to send in a task force to destroy it.
Legendary action director Anthony Mann tells the story of nine courageous and indomitable Norwegians, without whom the Second World War may have had a very different outcome.
This film is dedicated to the men and women of Norway whose bravery prevented Nazi Germany from getting the Atomic Bomb.
History Channel documentary exploring the events of the 6th of June 1944, when over 150,000 Allied troops descended on the beaches of Normandy to commence the liberation of Europe. Through a blend of archive footage, interviews with soldiers who were part of the offensive and contributions from war historians, the programme aims to bring to life the events of that day.
Dramatic account of WW II pilots stationed in England and both in love with the same woman. Starring Steve McQueen and Robert Wagner as the rival lovers and Shirley Ann Field as the object of their desire.
Classic British war film based on the novel by Pierre Boulle in which a group of POWs are forced to build a bridge in Burma for the Japanese. Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) is the appointed leader of the men interned in the camp. When the Japanese commander, Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa), orders his captives to build a bridge across the river Kwai, Nicholson agrees on the basis that the project will keep his men occupied and give them an opportunity to prove, through the quality of their work, the superiority of British engineering. However, as the bridge progresses and the POWs strive to show their craftsmanship, Nicholson appears to lose sight of the fact that the ultimate object of the bridge is to help the Japanese win the war. The impending arrival of a British commando team, sent to destroy the bridge, looks set to provide a stern test of where the true loyalties of the increasingly obsessive Nicholson lie.
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