One of the biggest personalities of World War II gets one of the biggest and best World War II movies ever. George C. Scott is General George S. Patton, a hard-edged military man who argues, in the film’s instantly iconic opening speech to the troops (played, here, by the movie’s audience), that “no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country.
In an unnamed but war-torn country in West Africa, a family is ripped apart and their youngest son Agu, played by Abraham Attah, is forced to join a child army in order to survive.
Downfall struck quite the controversy in its home country in particular, where critics and pundits questioned whether humanizing one of history’s greatest monsters was in poor taste, or even dangerous. But the fact that Downfall could spur such a conversation in the first place is surely a testament to its craftsmanship.
War films don’t get much more epic than The Longest Day, a dramatic recreation of D-Day adapted from the seminal non-fiction book by Cornelius Ryan. This impressive production is three hours long, as big as they come, and features an incredible cast that includes John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sal Mineo, Mel Ferrer, Rod Steiger, Robert Ryan… heck, even Fabian is in this film.
The great John Huston directed this handsome, suspenseful romantic drama about a U.S. Corporal named Allison (Robert Mitchum) and a novice nun named Sister Angela (Deborah Kerr) who are stranded on an island in the South Pacific during World War II.
Andrew Niccol’s intriguing drama Good Kill is a step in an interesting direction. It tells the story of the drone pilots who fly into enemy territory, kill their targets, wrestle with the ramifications of the collateral damage, and then drive home to their families, half a world away from the war zone.
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