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On-the-ground Afghan war documentary by American journalist Sebastian Junger. The film follows on from 'Restrepo' (2012) chronicling the time that Junger spent in Afghanistan on assignment for Vanity Fair magazine. Embedded with an army unit in the treacherous Korangal Valley, Junger stationed himself in the heart of the action with the 2nd Platoon of Battle Company for 15 months, watching in anticipation as the men fought for their country and their lives.
Collection of films set during World War II. In 'D-Day, the Sixth of June' (1956) 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. Both fully aware of the dangers of the impending invasion, they stave off fear by reminiscing about their romances. 'The Longest Day' (1962) sees an all-star international cast re-tell the events of the Allied Landings in Normandy in 1944. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda head the cast. 'A Bridge Too Far' (1977) is Richard Attenborough's account of the failed 1944 Arnhem assault. Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Robert Redford and Sean Connery are among those battling against insurmountable odds to secure one of the bridges essential to the Allied advance into Germany. The life and times of America's most famous modern general, George Patton (George C. Scott), are recreated in 'Patton' (1970), a biographical drama which focuses on his controversial exploits during the Second World War. Guy Hamilton's classic war film 'Battle of Britain' (1969) looks at how England defended itself from the German aerial onslaught in the summer of 1940. Laurence Olivier plays Sir Hugh Dowding, the chief air marshal whose fleet outmanoeuvre the Luftwaffe, despite a numerical disadvantage. George Segal and Robert Vaughn star in John Guillermin's 'The Bridge at Remagen' (1969), telling the story of the day that the Nazis blew up the last remaining bridge over the Rhine, leaving their own men stranded on the wrong side. In 'Attack' (1956), a group of American soldiers find themselves trapped by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. The situation reaches a crisis point when their cowardly and indecisive captain (Eddie Albert) eventually flips into sheer panic. 'Von Ryan's Express' (1965) tells the story of US pilot Colonel Joseph Ryan (Frank Sinatra) who is shot down and placed in a German POW camp. Although Joseph is more concerned with his own survival than actually breaking free from the camp, he unpredictably gets chosen as leader of a daring escape attempt, facing many hazards along the way.
Early 1970s war drama directed by Roger Corman and produced by his brother Gene Corman. Set during World War I, the film tells the story of two pilots, Candian Roy Brown (Don Stroud) and German Baron Manfred von Richthofen (John Phillip Law). When they meet in the sky on April 21st 1918 only one man will make it back to earth alive...
War drama set during Japan's invasion of China in 1937. With the Imperial Japanese Army having tortured and killed thousands of Chinese people in Nanjing, a lone resistance fighter is reportedly taking out the enemy one by one and intends to assassinate their general. Meanwhile, a US journalist arrives in China hoping to discover the truth about the Nanjing Massacre but ultimately finds himself and his country in danger.
Classic World War II drama directed by William Wellman, based on the newspaper columns written by war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Burgess Meredith stars as Pyle, who joins an American army unit fighting its way across North Africa. Over time he gets to know the soldiers well, and finds much human interest material for his readers back in the USA. Later, he catches up with the unit in Italy and accompanies it through the battles of San Vittorio and Cassino. Robert Mitchum won an Oscar for his role as the unit's commanding officer Bill Walker.
Collection of US War Department documentaries about the Pacific War. The films comprise: 'The Price of Rendova', 'Report from the Aleutians', 'With the Marines at Tarawa', 'US Navy Blasts the Marshall Islands' and 'Action at Angaur'.
War thriller starring Jake Busey as Jason Philby, a soldier whose personal tragedy begins to affect his ability to perform his duty. Suffering from the loss of his son in a car explosion, Jason begins to hear the sound of the blast in his mind. Meanwhile, an army experiment which uses a virus to turn soldiers into biological bombs is underway and Jason believes he may already have been contaminated with the virus without his consent. Now, with time running out, he searches for answers about the testing, all the while the psychological effects of his loss becoming increasingly worse.
War drama based on the true story of the formation of the special elite 30 Commando Assault Unit by 'James Bond' author Ian Fleming in the Second World War. The film follows Corporal Rains (Danny Dyer) as he joins the newly-formed 30 AU led by Major Jones (Sean Bean). Rains and the rest of the unit are pushed to the limits of endurance as they train and prepare for their first top-secret mission: to parachute into occupied Norway and seize radar technology from the Germans which could decide the outcome of the war.
Sam Peckinpah's only war film follows the story of a doomed German platoon facing annihilation at the hands of the Russians in 1943. Non-Nazi German soldier Steiner (James Coburn) resents the arrival of arrogant Prussian Stransky (Maximillian Schell) as his new commanding officer. Stransky is desperate to win an Iron Cross - a medal Steiner has already earned, but considers worthless - and so promotes the highly-recommended Steiner to sergeant. During a siege, Stransky hides in his bunker, terrified of battle, only to later file a report claiming that he himself led a victorious counter-attack. However, when Steiner disputes this Stransky takes measures to remove him.
This Academy Award nominated film is set in 1942 and was Terrence Malick's first film for twenty years. As US soldiers land on the island of Guadalcanal, hoping to capture it from the Japanese, the job of venturing into the jungle falls to the 'C for Charlie' company and the troops are faced by both the enemy and struggles within their own camp. The war takes a heavy toll upon the young soldiers, leading them on a path of disillusion and possibly death.
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.
War film documenting the horrendous events of the 1968 My Lai Massacre, perpetrated by members of the US Army. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning reports by journalist Seymour Hersh, the film tells the true story of the 350-500 civilians, mainly women and children, who were brutally murdered in the hamlets of My Lai and My Khe during the Vietnam War.
Gene Tierney, Bruce Cabot and George Sanders star in this early 1940s war drama set in a tiny, isolated British outpost in East Africa. Officers at the outpost enlist the help of Zia (Tierney), a mysterious and exotic woman living among the natives, in their bid to fend off an impending onslaught from Nazi soldiers.
State-of-the-art war movie from director Ridley Scott, based on the US military blunders which took place in Somalia in 1993. Following a series of attacks by warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid on a Red Cross distribution centre, a group of US Rangers are sent on a mission to capture two of Aidid's close associates in the capital city Mogadishu. However, after successfully apprehending their targets, the Americans come under heavy attack from the residents of the city. In the ensuing chaos, a US Black Hawk helicopter is shot down, and the surviving crew find themselves trapped in a confused and relentless shooting battle with the enemy.
War film about two American troops (Richard Devon and Ron Kennedy) stranded on a South Pacific island. The only survivors after a battle with the Japanese, alone and with little food, the men begin to turn on one another. Will they be able to join forces to survive their perilous situation?
Roger Corman directs this low-budget war thriller. While trying to carry out their mission of blowing up a strategically important train bridge spanning two mountains, a small band of Allied soldiers becomes stranded behind enemy lines in a freezing German forest. Travelling on skis, the men must now do all they can to avoid detection while trying to gather intelligence about the German advance.
Lionel Atwill stars in this 1930s drama based on a novel by Lewis Robinson. Decorated British army general Sir John Sangye (Atwill) has a dirty secret: before being stationed in Africa, he murdered a man in Ireland in a fit of jealous rage, then blamed his death on the actions of Sinn Fein rebels. The past comes back to haunt him when the army doctor who was the sole witness to his crime turns up at his garrison. James Mason co-stars.
WWII ensemble drama directed by Umberto Lenzi. In August 1939, six friends from different European countries (George Peppard, George Hamilton, Horst Buchholz, Anne Duperey, Jean-Pierre Cassel and Sam Wanamaker) meet in Paris and make a vow to meet every year at the same cafe. Their differing paths criss-cross throughout the film, which concludes with a bittersweet reunion in France in the summer of 1944.
World War II drama based on real events. In 1944 a US Army regiment, dubbed 'the Lost Batallion', has become surrounded by Nazis in the French mountains. The 100th/442nd Combat Team, known as 'the Purple Heart Battalion' and comprised entirely of second-generation Japanese-American volunteers, is given orders to rescue them no matter what the cost. Having already fought bitter prejudices to be recognised as a fighting unit, the team sets out courageously on this impossibly dangerous mission, and eventually manages to break through the German lines. But its success comes at a tremendous price, and the unit suffers over 800 casualties to save the 211 surviving soldiers of the Lost Batallion.
Rare archive colour footage of an RAF bombing raid on Berlin in the winter of 1943 - probably the most heavily defended target of them all and one that made terrible demands on the courage of the aircrew.
Wartime drama starring Dermot Walsh, Anton Rodgers, Maurice Kaufmann and Patrick McAlinney. When Major Roy Bell (Walsh) and his company are trapped by the advancing German army, Bell decides to embark on a dangerous mission to attempt to blow up a bridge which is of strategic importance to the enemy. However, the only resource available to him is a group of hapless army failures, drunks, thieves and deserters, but now they must rise to the challenge and prove themselves as heroes.
War drama based on real events about a group of American soldiers who, under the orders of their commander, find themselves trapped inside enemy territory. As they make their way home they face death and desperation in the fight to stay alive.
Six documentaries on the Royal Air Force. Documentaies cover the RAF at war, the RAF coastal command, the history of the RAF and a documentary titled 'Lest we Forget'.
1950 drama set in North Africa during the Second World War about a French girl, Lilli Marlene (Lisa Daniely), who happens to be the original subject on which the song of the same name is based. The song being a particular favourite of the Nazis, when they come to occupy the town where Lilli lives, they capture her and try to force her to sing it in German. Under duress she agrees, but only when the Nazis make threats towards her parents. Even though British troops are on their way, Lilli still has dangers left to face.
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