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Commandant Jacobus van Aswegen is a loving father and husband, as well as being a respected Boer-officer. Upon hearing that the enemy (the British) are planning a “scorched earth” policy, he decides to go home and protect his wife and family instead of further participation in the war.
This decision leads to him and his sons being tried for high treason. If they are found guilty, they'll be sentenced to death....
Canadian war drama told in real time. Led by Sergeant Mac Reid (Clayton Garrett), Canada's 21st Battalion prepare for the fight ahead at Courcellette during the First World War. With the impending battle drawing closer, the sergeant must deal with supply problems and wounded troops while also trying to retrieve an underage soldier from the front line.
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?
Not every pilot can guide his aircraft from a wave-tossed deck, seek out targets over unfamiliar Korean terrain, then return to what looks like a speck in the sea. Naval Reservist Harry Brubaker can.
This masterful story of a war-weary World War II veteran who must leave his family to fight again combines moving drama with surefire, bombs-away aerial action.
In the midst of a global crisis, the USS Alabama receives unconfirmed orders to launch its nuclear missiles - signaling the start of World War III.
The tension escalates as the sub's respected commander and his brilliant executive officer clash over the validity of their orders...battling each other for control of the sub.
As this epic struggle rages under the sea, you take command of edge-of-your-seat excitement.
War drama produced and directed by Ernst Gossner. Set in the Dolomite Mountains in 1915 at the outbreak of war between Italy and Austria, William Moseley stars as Andreas Gruber, a young man preparing to get married to his childhood sweetheart Francesca (Eugenia Costantini). As Andreas is sent off to fight up in the mountains he painfully leaves his love behind giving her a firework to set off if she gets into trouble. Can the pair's love for each other keep them together or will the carnage of war tear them apart?
December 1944. The German army rampages through the frozen wastes of Belgium's Ardennes Forest.
Among the many Allied prisoners taken en route, a small band of American soldiers manages to escape. Without weapons and without food, ravaged by the cold, the men are determined to make it back to their own frontline...but as their perilous journey takes its toll, loyalties become divided and lives hang in the balance.
A mesmerising, hallucinatory journey through the hellish landscape of war-ravaged Europe, based on real life events, Saints & Soldiers tells the story of ordinary men and the mission that made them heroes.
An epic blockbuster with astounding visual effects, Pearl Harbor is another unforgettable motion picture from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay, the hit-making team that brought you Armageddon, The Rock and Bad Boys 1 & 2.
As the lives and loves of a generation are tragically swept into the greatest conflict modern man has ever known - World War II - the events at Pearl Harbor become a supreme test for the strength of the human spirit.
An all-star cast shines in this breathtaking story of love, loss and heroism. A must-see event!
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.
An Academy Award winner for Best Visual Effects, ''Bedknobs and Broomsticks'' features a spellbinding mix of live action and animation that makes it one of Disney's most delightfully endearing classics!
Screen legend Angela Lansbury gives a bewitching performance as an amateur witch who reluctantyt akes in three precocious orphans. The children soon find themselves swept aboard a flying bed, its magic brass bedknob their ticket to one fantastic adventure after the other - including a visit to anenchanted island inhabited by wondrous animal characters and the most hilarious soccer match in motion picture history!
Now it's your turn to take a ride on ''Bedknobs and Broomsticks'', a fun-filled flight on fantasy, music and Disney magic for allages!
Richard Attenborough's star-studded account of the failed 1944 Arnheim assault. Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Robert Redford and Sean Connery are among those battling against insurmountable odds - foul weather, bad luck, negligence on the part of intelligence officers - to secure one of the bridges essential to the Allied advance into Germany. Gene Hackman, Michael Caine and Anthony Hopkins also star. The screenplay is by William Goldman ('Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', 'All the President's Men').
Quentin Tarantino directs this ensemble action drama set in Europe during World War Two.
In the first of two converging storylines, Shosanna (Melanie Laurent), a young Jewish woman in occupied France, seeks to avenge the death of her parents by the Nazis after narrowly escaping execution herself and fleeing to Paris. There she creates a new identity for herself as the owner and manager of a cinema. Meanwhile, a group of Jewish American soldiers known as 'The Basterds', led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), joins forces with German actress and undercover agent Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) to take down the leaders of The Third Reich.
The Basterds cross paths with Shosanna when her cinema, which has been commandeered by the Nazis for the screening of their latest propaganda film, becomes the target for their next attack. However, unbeknown to them, Shosanna has devised a revenge plan of her own.
Christoph Waltz gained the Best Supporting Actor Awards at both the 2010 BAFTAs and Academy Awards for his portrayal of the devious Colonel Hans Landa.
Witness the end of civilization unfold as hostile alien invaders attack the planet.
As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected.
Now it's up to a Marine staff sergeant and his platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered in this epic sci-fi action film.
Triple bill of World War Two dramas. 'Everyman's War' (2009) is an American drama based on the personal wartime experiences of director Thad Smith's father. Don Smith (Cole Carson), a young sergeant in the 94th Infantry Division, finds himself unarmed and wounded on the frontline of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest battle involving American forces in the entire war. As the Allies advance through the snow-packed, densely-forested mountains of Ardennes, Don's sweetheart Dorine (Lauren Bair) waits at home in Oregon, desperate for news. 'Anonyma: The Downfall of Berlin' (2008) is a German drama set in Berlin in the final days of the war. The events of the film are based on the real diary of an anonymous woman who lived through the liberation of Berlin by Soviet troops in 1945, suffering shockingly brutal treatment by the city's captors. Living in the basement of her bombed-out apartment building with a handful of similarly destitute neighbours, the woman - known only as 'Anonyma' (Nina Foss) - endures repeated rape by Russian soldiers, and tries to wrestle a modicum of control over her destiny by using sex as a tool for survival, forging an uneasy sexual alliance with Russian leader Major Andrei Rybkin (Yevgeni Sidikhin). Brad Haynes directs the Australian drama 'Broken Sun' (2008). 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.
Sam Mendes directs this adaptation of former Marine Anthony Swofford's Gulf War memoir. Young recruit Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) joins up with the US Marines (nicknamed 'Jarheads' because of their distinctive haircuts) on the eve of the 1990 Gulf War. After a brutal spell in boot camp, during which Swofford and his fellow recruits are systematically geared up for the conflict, the Marines are dispatched to the deserts of the Persian Gulf to take part in a war that sees them required to do very little in the way of fighting. Bored and frustrated in the middle of nowhere, the young soldiers resort to a macabre sense of humour as they wait for the war to happen to them.
Sam Riley and Kate Bosworth star in this five-part BBC mini-series set in an alternate past where Germany won the Second World War and the Nazis occupy Britain.
Based on Len Deighton's novel, SS-GB is set in 1941 and follows widowed Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer, of London's Metropolitan Police, as he begins investigating the suspected murder of an antique shop owner, who seems to have ties to the British resistance. It's not long before a German SS officer replaces Archer on the case but, despite his orders, he continues his investigations which lead him to American journalist Barbara Barga, who his boss Fritz Kellermann suspects is procuring American aid to defeat the Germans.
As he delves deeper into the mystery and uncovers bigger, more sinister plots, Archer finds himself questioning his loyalty to his commanders and his attitude towards the resistance.
From filmmaker Christopher Nolan comes the epic action thriller Dunkirk, which opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces.
Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.
The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army.
(Academy Award winner for: Best Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Music Score)
The Hurt Locker is an intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat.
When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he's indifferent to death.
As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.
This critically-acclaimed film has gone on to win 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
During World War II, seven Allied agents are selected to rescue an American general from the impenetrable German fortress Schloss Adler. In charge of the team is British Major Smith (Richard Burton), with American Lieutenant Schaffer (Clint Eastwood) as second in command. Parachuting into the enemy territory in German uniforms, the squad discover one of their number dead on arrival, and Smith suspects that he may have a traitor amongst his unit. Alistair Maclean wrote the screenplay and the film is reported to be amongst director Quentin Tarantino's favourites.
World War I action drama. Set in France during the Great War, the film follows the story of three British soldiers stranded in no man's land after a failed attack on enemy lines. Facing heavy artillery and a relentless onslaught of machine gun fire from enemy troops, the trio must struggle through the bloody wasteland to reunite with Allied forces.
War drama set during the final stages of the Second World War in Germany where a group of American troops must try to overcome racial barriers in order to defeat the Nazi's. Despite their reluctance, the predominantly white American crew are forced to turn to the expericenced African American SGT Jesse Owens (K. Danor Gerald). However, their faith is put to the test when war escalates and tension rises, with hundreds of lives at stake.
Well-received drama based on the childhood memories of director Franco Zeffirelli. It is Florence, 1934. A diverse group of women meet each afternoon for tea. There is Lady Hester Ransom (Maggie Smith), widow of the British Ambassador to Italy; Arabella (Judi Dench), a singer and artist; Georgie (Lily Tomlin), an eccentric American archaeologist; Elsa (Cher), also an American, and brash and reckless with it; and finally Mary (Joan Plowright), who has virtually adopted a young Italian boy named Luca. As the political climate shifts towards fascism, the ladies must face some inevitable changes, and Luca must face his own responsibilities.
Second World War action drama directed by Don Michael Paul and starring Tom Sizemore, Vinnie Jones and Neal McDonough. It is 1944 and the Allied advance into Europe is proceeding well. However, Hitler unleashes a counterattack known as the Battle of the Bulge which catches the US Army by surprise and leaves one company stranded behind German lines. When the soldiers stumble across Hitler's last desperate attempt to turn the war in his favour - a plan to build a super bomb - they understand that duty calls and abandon their attempts to make their way back to Allied lines and set out to thwart the development of the weapon.
A triumph! A staggering study of war.
Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and based on the first-hand experience of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, Platoon is powerful, intense and starkly brutal. Harrowingly realistic and completely convincing, it is a dark, unforgettable memorial to every soldier whose innocence was lost in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam.
Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a young, naive American who, upon his arrival in Vietnam, quickly discovers that he must do battle not only with the Viet Cong, but also with the gnawing fear, physical exhaustion and intense anger growing within him. While his two commanding officers (Oscar-nominated Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe) draw a fine line between the war they wage against the enemy and the one they fight with each other, the conflict, chaos and hatred permeate Taylor, suffocating his realities and numbing his feelings to man's highest value... life.
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