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Based on the true story of the building of a bridge on the Burma railway by British prisoners-of-war held under a savage Japanese regime in World War II, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) is one of the greatest war films ever made. The film received seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Performance (Alex Guinness), for Sir Malcolm Arnold's superb music, and for the screenplay from the novel by Pierre Boulle (who also wrote Monkey Planet, the inspiration for Planet of the Apes). The story does take considerable liberties with history, including the addition of an American saboteur played by William Holden, and an entirely fictitious but superbly constructed and thrilling finale. Made on a vast scale, the film reinvented the war movie as something truly epic, establishing the cinematic beachhead for The Longest Day (1962), Patton (1970) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). It also proved a turning-point in director David Lean's career. Before he made such classic but conventionally scaled films as In Which We Serve (1942) and Hobson's Choice (1953). Afterwards there would only be four more films, but their names are Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984).
Joseph J. Lawson directs this war action film set during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. When an American tank unit gets caught behind enemy lines the commanding officer puts his entire crew in danger with his decision to rescue nuns and children from a nearby orphanage. The cast includes Analiese Anderson, Frank Arend and Elvin Manges.
From legendary director Steven Spielberg comes the epic adventure War Horse, a tale of incredible loyalty, hope, and tenacity.
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play, and set against the sweeping canvas of World War I, this deeply heartfelt story begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and his young trainer Albert. When they’re forced apart by war, we follow Joey’s extraordinary journey as he changes and inspires the lives of everyone he meets.
Filled with spectacularly rich visuals — and complete with never-before-seen bonus features — War Horse is one of the most powerful and moving stories of friendship ever told.
Jarhead follows 'Swoff' from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty. Sporting a sniper's rifle through Middle East deserts with no cover from intolerable heat or from Iraqi soldiers, Swoff and his fellow Marines, who have been trained to kill, find themselves in a brutal situation, fighting a war they don't understand for a cause they don't fully grasp.
From the Academy Award - winning director of American Beauty, Jarhead is a powerful story, told with painful honestly and irreverence, with spectacular cinematography.
The German high command has filtered out all the most talented escape artists of the Allies' and placed them in a POW camp specifically designed to foil any unwanted departures. Of course, as soon as they arrive, the prisoners begin work on a series of tunnels under the direction of Roger Big X Bartlett.
He assigns the POWs to jobs according to their specialties: Bob Scrounger Hendley steals necessary items, Eric Dispersal Ashley-Pitt hides the soil being dug from the tunnels, and Danny the Tunnel King Willinski and Colin the Forger Blythe have self-explanatory handles.
For more than a year, 600 prisoners, most of whom won't be leaving, work toward an escape that will temporarily disrupt the operations of the German army.
An all-star cast lights up the screen in this riveting epic hailed as "a vivid dramatization of one of history's titanic turning points." (Gene Shalit, TODAY)
The year is 1942 and the Nazis are cutting a deadly swath through Russia. Under the leadership of Khrushchev (Bob Hoskins), the citizens of Stalingrad are mounting a brave resistance, spurred by the exploits of their local hero, Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law). An expert sniper, Vassili's deeds have become legendary - thanks to propaganda produced by Vassili's best friend, a political officer named Danilov (Joseph Fiennes). To stop Vassili, the Germans dispatch their best sniper, Major Konig (Ed Harris), to Stalingrad. When Vassili and Danilov both fall in love with a beautiful soldier (Rachel Weisz), Danilov deserts his friend, leaving Vassili to face his German counterpart alone. As the city burns, Vassili and Konig begin a cunning game of cat and mouse, waging a private war for courage, honor and country.
Narrated by Robert Powell, this documentary looks at the planning behind the dramatic events of D-Day as well as the day itself and its monumental impact on the course of history.
Zulu is one of the great movies, an epic adventure of courage in the face of incredible odds. Based on a true story it tells the amazing tale of 100 British soldiers who stood fast against an overwhelming force of 4,000 of the Zulu nations mightiest warriors in the defence of Rourkes Drift in 1879.
Superbly photographed in Technorama, few other movies have grippingly captured the tension and terror of combat as wave upon wave of warriors is unleashed on the tiny garrison. Set amongst stunning South African scenery, Zulu is a landmark action film and a fitting tribute to some of the most magnificent acts of heroism in the history of warfare.
Michael Caine's role as the arrogant but courageous Lt. Bromhead brought him international fame, and there are powerful performances from other great British actors including Stanley Baker and Jack Hawkins.
Based on the series of books by Patrick O'Brian and directed by Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World follows the fate of the crew of the HMS Surprise - a British Naval ship on a frantic search for their adversary, the French Man O' War Acheron during the Napoleonic war.
Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) stars as Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, renowned as a fighting captain in the British Navy. The charismatic Captain rouses the patriotism of the crew while wrestling with issues of honour, pride, duty, sacrifice and loyalty. With the true passion he holds for his vocation, he consistently employs ingenious tactics to engage his prey - a much larger and better-equipped French ship.
After the French ship almost sinks them in an early battle, the ship's surgeon and Aubrey's closest friend Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany - The Heart of Me, A Knight's Tale) cautions him about letting revenge cloud his judgement. With the HMS Surprise badly damaged and much of his crew injured, Aubrey is torn between duty and friendship as he pursues a high-stakes chase across two oceans to intercept and capture his foe, refusing to accept defeat at the hands of the French at any cost. It's a mission that can make his reputation - or destroy Lucky Jack and his crew.
In the course of the Surprise's epic journey, the crew travel the world - from the coast of Brazil to the storm-tossed waters of Cape Horn, south through ice and snow to the far side of the world and across to the remote shores of The Galapagos Islands. A true camaraderie develops between the men with the help of rum, music and the regaling of tall tales!
Former war hero Benjamin Martin, who has renounced fighting forever - until the Revolutionary War arrives at his front door, is faced with the harsh reality of fighting to protect those he loves. Martin takes up arms and commands a brave rebel militia in fierce battles against the well-armed English army, fighting for his family - and his young nation's freedom.
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.
Russian war drama based on events which took place during the war with Afghanistan in the 1980s. Journalist Charlie Palmer (Barry Kushner) and medic Victor Davis (Victor Verzhbitski) arrive at a P.O.W. camp near the Afghanistan/Pakistan border in order to document the sub-human conditions which the prisoners are forced to endure. During their visit, the prisoners seize control of the camp and begin to enact a series of terrible and bloody punishments on their captors. Held as hostages, Palmer and Davis are forced to witness acts of barbarity unlike any they have ever seen before.
They were goldbricks until they found out about the gold bricks -- a fortune in Nazi-confiscated bullion! Clint Eastwood reups with the director of his Where Eagles Dare for this alternately action-filled and tongue-in-cheek tale of GIs who decide to get something extra out of the war. Eastwood, North America's #2 box-office star at the time, plays Lt. Kelly, mastermind of a scheme to slip behind enemy lines and steal the loot. Co-stars include a trio on the verge of big-time TV success: Carroll O'Connor, Telly Savalas and Gavin MacLeod. Plus, Don Rickles plays the expectedly outspoken Crapgame. And in the same year as his starmaking M*A*S*H, Donald Sutherland is Oddball, World War II's only hippie
An American flight crew has to abandon their plane over China during the Second World War and are captured by the enemy. They undergo physical and mental torture at the hands of their captors.
Triple-bill of war features. 'Lebanon' (2009), directed by Samuel Maoz, depicts 24 hours in the life of four Israeli paratroopers at the outset of the 1982 Lebanon invasion. Shot almost entirely from inside the tank in which they are travelling, the film follows the soldiers as they attempt to clear an area of hostile fighters while suffering from the multiple stresses of combat. Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen and Michael Moshonov star. 'Saints and Soldiers' (2003) is set in Belgium in December 1944, where German troops open fire on unarmed American prisoners of war in what would be dubbed the Malmedy Massacre. A stranded R.A.F. pilot, Oberon Winley (Kirby Heyborne), holds the key to German intelligence which could prevent further atrocities, but can the Americans help free him from his perilous position behind enemy lines? 'Assault On the Pacific: Kamikaze' (2007) is a 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 prepare to embark on their suicidal missions against the US Navy over the Pacific Ocean. Toru Emori and Katsutaka Furuhata star.
During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert.
Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that inverts the purpose of their mission.
Spun by operatives with intersecting agendas, Miller must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil for answers that will either clear a rogue regime or escalate a war in an unstable region.
And at this blistering time and in this combustible place, he will find the most elusive weapon of all is the truth.
Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII - only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini's unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.
War drama centered around the Iraq conflict. American soldier Adam Smith (Stephen Hogan) is taken hostage by a local extremist (Elyes Gabel) and held in a basement in Baghdad where he is tortured and made to film propaganda. As Adam counts down the hours till his execution, hoping one of his fellow fighters will come to his aid, the pair debate the ideologies of their warring factions.
Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson deliver electrifying performances in this 'tense, superbly-directed and top-drawer drama' about what happens when the rules that command a soldier become the rules that condemn him.
Colonel Terry Childers (Jackson) is a patriot and war hero. But when a peacekeeping mission he leads in Yemen goes terribly wrong, he finds himself facing a court martial. Accused of breaking the rules of engagement by killing unarmed civilians, Childers' only hope of vindication rests with comrade-in-arms Hays Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones), a military lawyer of questionable abilities.
Together, they face the battle of their lives. Directed by Oscar-winning director William Friedkin and co-starring Guy Pearce, Bruce Greenwood, Anne Archer and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Rules Of Engagement is 'a magnificent movie you must see.'
All ten episodes of the award-winning mini-series based on the real-life experiences of American paratroopers who fought in Europe during the Second World War.
From their training in Camp Toccoa, Georgia, through their landing in Normandy as part of the D-Day offensive, their participation in the Battle of the Bulge, and all the way up to the final surrender of the German forces, the series follows the adventures of Easy Company, a unit noted for its skill and bravery, but which also suffered a high number of casualties in its journey across Europe.
Also featured are actual interviews with surviving members of the company.
The two-fisted action team of director Don Siegel and star Steve McQueen takes on the World War II foxhole drama.
A group of American G.I.s tries to defend a key battle line against enemy fire, but to do so the men must convince the Nazis that they are a large Allied task force.
Paul Greengrass directs this Iraq war thriller loosely based on the book 'Imperial Life in the Emerald City' by Washington Post journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran.
Matt Damon stars as Chief Army Warrant Officer Roy Miller, a specialist soldier who joins forces with Wall Street reporter Lawrie Dayne (Amy Ryan) to expose the hotbed of covert and faulty intelligence surrounding the search for Iraq's cache of weapons of mass destruction.
An action comedy about a group of self-absorbed actors who set out to make the most expensive war film ever made.
After ballooning costs force the studio to cancel the movie, the frustrated director refuses to stop shooting, leading his cast into the jungles of Southeast Asia, where they encounter real bad guys.
Black Hawk Down is the action packed true harrowing account of US Military action in Mogadishu, Somalia. As part of a UN Peacekeeping force, a group of elite US soldiers undertake a mission to abduct several top lieutenants of a Somalian warlord to stop the civil war that has been tearing the country apart. The carefully planned mission goes terribly wrong, resulting in the US military`s single biggest firefight since Vietnam.
Drama set during World War I. When the war machines began rolling in the summer of 1914, the devastation that it waged upon German, British, and French troops was palpable. But as the winter winds began to blow and the soldiers sat huddled in their trenches awaiting the generous Christmas care packages sent by the families, the sounds of warfare took a momentary backseat to the yearning for brotherhood among all of mankind. It is here that the fate of a French lieutenant, a Scottish priest, a German tenor, and a Danish soprano's lives were about to be changed forever.
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